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This has happened: The murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

2019-12-03T22:55:53.139Z

Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb on October 16, 2017. Several people have been arrested but no one has been convicted in the case.



  • October 16, 2017: Daphne Caruana Galizia killed in his car in a powerful explosion.
  • October 17, 2017: The EU condemns the murder and Malta engages foreign aid because of the sensitivity of the case. Among other things, Caruana Galizia has written about gifts and money from the powerful presidential family in Azerbaijan to Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscats, his wife and connections between opposition leader Adrian Delia and a prostitution ring in London.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Photo: Jonathan Borg / AP / TT

  • October 18, 2017: Joseph Muscat is accused by Caruana Galizia's son of being involved in his mother's death. Muscat admits she was his "biggest opponent". At the same time, he promises that the perpetrators will be found and brought to justice.
  • October 24, 2017: A silent minute is commemorated by Daphne Caruana Galizia as the European Parliament begins its session. President Antonio Tajani says he expects the Malta authorities to do their utmost to solve the murder. No one is arrested.
  • December 4, 2017: Joseph Muscat announces that ten people have been arrested. All arrested are Maltese citizens and known by the police since before.
  • December 5, 2017: Three men charged with murder. The other seven persons have been released. The investigation continues.
  • November 18, 2018: Malta police identify a group of at least three people suspected of planning the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, reports The Sunday Times of Malta. Three men suspected of having been commissioned to carry out the murder have been detained for almost a year. All refuse to interfere.
  • July 18, 2019: The three men who have been detained since December 2017 are now charged with the murder. All of them continue to deny crime.
  • September 21, 2019: The Maltese Government appoints a commission to review whether the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia could have been prevented. In June, the Council of Europe demanded that the country appoint a commission for legal certainty. The police are still trying to find out who ordered the deed.
  • November 20, 2019: One of Malta's most famous businessmen, Yorgen Fenech, is arrested in the investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The day before, the government offered impunity to a suspect involved if he shared binding evidence of who was behind the murder.

Businessman Yorgen Fenech was arrested on a yacht while en route from Malta on November 20, 2019. Photo: Jonathan Borg / AP / TT

  • 26 November 2019: Chief of Staff to Malta's Prime Minister Keith Schembri submits his resignation application. Fenech and Schembri shall have financial links with each other. Minister of Tourism Konrad Mizzi also resigns and Finance Minister Christian Cardona announces a timeout.
  • November 28, 2019: Joseph Muscat calls for crisis meeting. Keith Schembri is set free.
  • November 29, 2019: Joseph Muscat tells his staff that he will retire shortly.
  • November 30, 2019: Businessman Yorgen Fenech is formally accused of being involved in the murder and becomes the first to stand trial for being behind the murder plans.
  • December 1, 2019: Joseph Muscat announces in a television broadcast that he will resign as Malta's prime minister. The message comes after thousands of people protest again in Valletta.

The demonstration in Valletta on Sunday was the eighth of the last twelve days. Photo: AP / TT

Source: svt

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