• Lexi Ponder

10 arrested after a two-month-old murder case


On Dec. 4, 2017, 10 people were arrested who were suspected to be connected to the murder of a journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia. This was announced by Malta's Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, on Monday.

Caruana Galizia was killed during a car bombing attack on October 16 when her vehicle exploded after she left her home in Bidnija, according to local media at the time. Some believed her killing was related to her blogs, which accused top politicians of corruption. Her own son, Matthew Caruana Galizia, said that she had been "assassinated" due to her work uncovering the alleged corrupted Maltese government.

According to the BBC, "The government offered a €1m (£890,000; $1.2m) reward for information about her murder." International experts were called in to help investigate the murder, including the FBI.

All of the 10 arrested as suspects were identified as Maltese nationals, and a majority have criminal records. Others are known to police, according to the Prime Minister, who made the announcement during a press conference on Monday.

However, no more information has been released due the threats of legal action by the Caruana Galizia family. According to the Independent, the family mentioned they did not want the country's Prime Minister, nor the President to attend her funeral. They also said "that the minister, Mr. Farrugia, had divulged confidential information that could hamper the investigation into her death." The minister dismissed these claims.