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Malta's PM Assures Impartial Investigation into Journalist's Murder

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7Dnews London - AFP

Sun, 22 Sep 2019 01:39 GMT

Malta’s premier Joseph Muscat is to meet with the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the investigative journalist, writer and anti-corruption activist who was brutally murdered on October 16th 2017, after they expressed worries over the impartiality of the investigation, AFP reported on Saturday September 2017.

A government spokesman confirmed that the meeting is due to take place once Muscat returns to Malta from a UN summit in New York.

Meanwhile, Muscat on Friday appointed a retired judge to head a public inquiry into the 2017 car bombing that killed journalist and blogger Caruana Galizia.

However, the family of the murdered journalist protested earlier over those heading the board set up by the prime minister to conduct an independent public inquiry into whether the government could have prevented the killing

According to a local media source, Times of Malta, on setting up the public inquiry, the organisation's freedom of the media representative Harlem Désir said: "I have repeatedly called for an independent and effective investigation, in order for all the facts to be brought to light and for all those responsible, including all perpetrators and masterminds, to face justice.”

So far, the board responsible for heading the inquiry will include retired judge Michael Mallia, who will work alongside legal expert Ian Refalo and former police forensic expert Anthony Abela Medici.

Both Refalo and Abela Medici have presided over governmental legal matters before.

On Saturday, the Council of Europe welcomed the investigation and said it "will follow the work of the now established inquiry commission very closely and attentively".

Malta’s famous journalist is survived by her two sons Andrew and Paul, who expressed on their twitter account worries over the legitimacy of the members on the inquiry board.

Nonetheless, a statement released by the prime minister's office assured the family that he only agreed to the inquiry after it had become clear that it would not undermine criminal investigations into the killing.

The victim, who is still described by supporters as a "one-woman WikiLeaks”, was murdered close to her home in Bidnija, Malta with a bomb placed under the seat of her car, according to The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation.