Auto bomb kills crusading Panama Papers journalist in Malta

Storm Ophelia reaches the coastline of Warrenpoint on October 16th 2017

Ms Galizia's outspoken blog had turned its fire on opposition politicians of late. Her stories led to ministers, including Muscat, suing her for libel.

No one has come forward to claim responsibility for the attack.

In a statement, Muscat condemned the "barbaric attack", saying he had asked police to reach out to other countries' security services for help identifying the perpetrators.

In Malta, she had led the coverage of the Panama Papers, a leak of millions of legal documents past year detailing financial details of offshore entities used by the rich and powerful to avoid tax.

The application notes that Scerri Herrera was on a number of occasions the subject of political and professional criticism by Daphne Caruana Galizia, "and as such Magistrate Scerri Herrera, in her personal capacity, had launched judicial procedures against the deceased regarding comments she had written".

A local TV station reported that the journalist had filed a police complaint this month about threats she had received.

In a post published on her site just half an hour before the explosion she wrote: "There are crooks everywhere - the situation is desperate".

He said: "I will not rest until I see justice done in this case".




We will remind, on 3 April 2016, the global consortium of investigative journalism (ICIJ) in the framework of the project "archive of Panama" (Panama Papers) published a major investigation of the offshore world of hundreds of politicians, businessmen, sporstmenov and cultural figures.

Galizia, who claimed to have no political affiliations, set her sights on a wide range of targets, from banks facilitating money laundering to links between Malta's online gaming industry and the Mafia.

Caruana Galizia had enjoyed a successful career in journalism, working for several of the major titles in Malta.

Muscat, who has been premier since 2013, went to the polls a year early after his wife was implicated in one of a series of alleged corruption cases arising from the so-called Panama Papers data leak.

The couple denied the allegations, rejecting accusations they had used secret offshore bank accounts to hide payments from the ruling family of Azerbaijan. "Such incidents bring to mind Putin's Russian Federation, not the European Union".

Julian Assange is known for his anti-corruption campaigns and had great sympathy for Daphne Caruana Galizia's battle against corruption in Malta. Four police commissioners have resigned under his leadership.

There have been several vehicle bomb killings in Malta during recent years. None are thought to have been politically motivated.

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