The family of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was killed in a car bomb last month has taken legal action against the police, alleging the investigation is neither impartial nor independent.
Caruana Galizia had done considerable work on exposing corruption in Malta and more recently uncovering the failings of the country’s anti-money laundering outfit, the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU).
Through her work on the Panama Papers leaks, Caruana Galizia was the first to break the news of the involvement of prominent Maltese politicians in the exploitation of offshore tax regimes.
Her family is now suing Malta’s chief of police because the investigation is being presided over by Malta’s deputy commissioner Silvio Valletta, whose wife, Justyne Caruana (no relation to the journalist), is a senior member of the government.
Ms Caruana was recently promoted to become the minister for Gozo, by Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.