Daphne Caruana Galizia: Malta police arrest eight suspects over murder of journalist

Malta arrests eight in probe into journalist's killing

Malta arrests eight in probe into journalist's killing

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced Monday that authorities have arrested eight people in connection with the recent murder of a journalist.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told reporters that police operations were under way in the town of Marsa, and the Bugibba and Zebbug areas.

Caruana Galizia, whose reporting focused heavily on corruption on the European Union island nation, was killed when a bomb destroyed her auto as she was driving near her home.

Overall, Mr Muscat gave nearly no details, citing concerns any information could compromise prospects to prosecute the case.

Malta's police force called in experts from across the world to help them solve the crime, including from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The island nation has a reputation as a tax haven in the European Union and has attracted companies and money from outside Europe as well.

The journalist focused her reporting for years on investigating political corruption and scandals, and reported on Maltese mobsters and drug trafficking.

On her Running Commentary blog she had accused several top politicians in Malta of corruption.

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The editors of eight of the world's largest news organisations, including the BBC, called for the European Commission - the EU executive - to investigate the murder.

'Everyone knows Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine, both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way, ' Muscat said.

He also noted that it was usually the Police Commissioner who would notify the people of development, at the opportune time, as he remarked that he was informed that the Commissioner was, at the time of the Prime Minister's press statement, at an activity which had nothing to do with the Caruana Galizia Case.

Early a year ago she reported that New Zealand trusts set up by Malta Energy Minister Karl Mizzi and Mr Muscat's chief of staff, Keith Schembri, controlled companies in Panama.

An ambulance and police vehicles are parked along the road where a auto bomb exploded killing investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, in the town of Mosta, Malta. It reads, "We will not be silenced".

Muscat has denied all wrongdoing. "Muscat ultimately won that election and with it, a second term".

'There are crooks everywhere you look now. Shortly afterward, he tweeted that two others had been arrested. It gave no further information.

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