Malta: 10 arrested over journalist's murder

Malta: 10 arrested over journalist's murder

Three men were charged Tuesday with the murder of campaigning Maltese journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia, killed in a horrific vehicle bombing on the Mediterranean island on October 16.

Muscat said police and the military were involved in an operation following a weeks-long investigation into the high-profile murder.

They are expected to be arraigned in the coming hours, but so far no official time has been given.

Caruana Galizia, 53, was a bitter critic of the Prime Minister.

The MEPs left Malta expressing serious concern over the rule of law in the EU's smallest member state.

They were charged with manufacturing the bomb, with killing the journalist, with taking part in organised crime, as well as possession of explosives.

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In her final post on Running Commentary, the blog she had written since 2008, Caruana Galizia voiced despair over the cronyism and sleaze she saw engulfing Malta.

All of the suspects are from Malta and most have criminal records, NPR's Frank Langfitt reports, citing Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Concluding a fact-finding mission on Friday, a group of European Union lawmakers said there was a "perception of impunity" in Malta. They said an apparent reluctance to investigate and prosecute major cases had created a "perception of impunity".

Muscat's Labour Party government had offered a €1 million (RM4.88 million) reward for information leading to a conviction of Caruana Galizia's killers.

"Caruana Galizia's critics called her a force of nature who had on at least one occasion nearly single-handedly brought the government to collapse". Farrugia said he wouldn't disclose anything because "I have been already threatened by legal action by the Caruana Galizia family".

Antonio Di Pietro, an Italian politician and judge who was a prosecutor in Italy's anti-corruption Mani Pulite corruption trials in the 1990s, said on Monday that Caruana Galizia's murder had all the hallmarks of a mafia-style killing. The target was not only poor Caruana Galizia ... but all those around her because it was a clear warning: "be careful or you'll suffer the same fate". "We want those directly and indirectly responsible for this terrible murder to be brought to justice".

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