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Ten arrested over murder of Malta journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

Maltese PM says there is ‘reasonable suspicion’ that detainees were involved in car bombing killing

Police in Malta have arrested ten suspects over the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a journalist who exposed political and police corruption on the island. 

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced eight of the arrests at a press conference this morning, when he said the detainees are being questioned on “reasonable suspicion” of involvement in the 16 October car bombing of Caruana Galizia,  the Times of Malta reports. The government subsequently tweeting that two more suspects were in police custody.

Police have 48 hours to interrogate the suspects and decide whether to prosecute.

Muscat said that all of the initial eight suspects are Maltese nationals and have criminal records or were known to the police, reports Malta Today online.

Caruana Galizia, who was 53, was a “popular blogger who doggedly reported claims of corruption among leading politicians”, says Sky News.

Her family have raised concerns over the police probe into her killing, which is being overseen by an officer married to a government minister who was once the focus of critical articles by Caruana Galizia.

Malta’s police, security services and armed forces are being helped in the investigation by the FBI, Europol and Finnish security services. 

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