Three men have pleaded not guilty to murder of Panama Papers journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was killed in a car bombing.
The renowned anti-corruption blogger, 53, was targeted as she left her home in northern Malta in October.
Detectives believe the killer detonated the bomb remotely with a mobile phone, it was previously revealed.
At least eight people were detained in early morning raids on Monday and late last night, three appeared in court.
Vincent Muscat and two brothers Alfred Degiorgio and George Degiorgio all denied murder.
They are also accused of possessing bomb-making materials.
Daphne’s widow Peter was in the public gallery to see the accused.
According to local media, three are well-known to police.
Kevin Muscat was shot three times in the head in 2014, while out on bail for