10 Suspects in Murder of Panama Papers Investigative Journalist Arrested

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  • Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:57
10 Suspects in Murder of Panama Papers Investigative Journalists Arrested
  • Malta Times

On Monday, Maltese authorities arrested 10 suspects in the murder of Investigative Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on October 16. The journalist had cases registered of the Panama Papers.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced the first eight arrests at a press conference at the Auberge de Castille, the Office of the Prime Minister, and argued that there is "a reasonable suspicion of involvement" in the murder of the journalist.

Shortly after, Muscat updated the number of detainees to ten people, with a message posted on his Twitter account.

Authorities believe that the detainees prepared the bomb that exploded in the car of the 53-year-old journalist, who investigated possible cases of corruption in the Government and the ties that the drug trafficking has established on the island, among other issues.

In his appearance, the president announced that the suspected are all of Maltese nationality and some of them have a criminal record.

After the operation, which involved police and members of the Armed Forces and security forces, the authorities have a period of 48 hours to question the detainees and decide whether to accuse them, according to Muscat.

The prime minister, to whom the relatives of the victim blame for the immunity allegedly enjoyed by organized crime in that island of the Mediterranean, said he is "strongly committed" to solve this murder.

"I have a clear idea of ​​what they did and who they are, but at the moment I cannot further explain the facts," said the president in his appearance.

The arrests took place after an investigation involving other agencies, such as the US Federal Bureau of Investigation or the European Police Office (Europol), although the Maltese police had "a key role," according to the prime minister.

The journalist, who also investigated the relationship of the Maltese political class, including the prime minister and his wife, with the Panama Papers and other cases of corruption, died when her car exploded on October 16 a few meters from her home.

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