Council of Europe slams rule of law in Malta over journalist’s murder

A damning report into Malta’s failure to identify those behind the murder of a journalist has highlighted systematic failings in law enforcement and raised questions about the rule of law in the country.

The 20-page report by the Council of Europe examines the case of Caruana Galizia, whose reporting uncovered widespread corruption, before she was killed by a car bomb in October 2017.

Her murder exposed the dark side of the Mediterranean island that is both a member of the EU and a haven for online gambling, offshore finance and cryptocurrencies.

Maltese authorities have called the report, which was released on Wednesday by Europe’s chief human rights watchdog, biased.

Pieter Omtzig, a special rapporteur of the report, slammed the prime minister of Malta, claiming he is “all-powerful” in his ability to nominate judges, magistrates, “almost every supervisory body”.

He added parliament is very weak, and there is “no system of checks and balances”.

Jason Azzopardi, a

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