Two More Maltese Suspects Arrested In Daphne Caruana Galizia Assassination Investigation

Two More Maltese Suspects Arrested In Daphne Caruana Galizia Assassination Investigation

Blogger Caruana Galizia, who was 53 when she was killed in a auto bomb attack on October 16, had made repeated and detailed corruption allegations against both Muscat's inner circle and the opposition.

Regarding the way the Caruana Galizia family were informed, the Prime Minister said that he was informed that it was the inquiring magistrate, who had been pre-advised regarding the arrests, who was thought to be the one who would have given the arrests news to the family.

Just before her death, Ms Caruana Galizia, 53, had posted on her closely followed blog, Running Commentary, that there were "crooks everywhere" in Malta.

"I think today we saw a very importance development in this case", Muscat said, "but we need to wait for the process to be concluded before we can give all the information - something which I am not at liberty to do now, so as not to prejudice the case".

Muscat added that it was general practice for the police not to alert someone by arresting them, unless they had more information on the case, or else these persons could be released after 48 hours and go on to cover their tracks.

Galizia was following leads from the Panama Papers that were leaked in 2015 and show how the world's rich use offshore firms to hide their wealth. Our country deserves justice, ' he said in a televised statement at the time, in which he called for national unity. The European Commission has called on Malta to get to the bottom of the crime.

'Everyone knows Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of mine, both politically and personally, but nobody can justify this barbaric act in any way, ' Muscat said.

"Caruana Galizia's critics called her a force of nature who had on at least one occasion nearly single-handedly brought the government to collapse".

She said documents in a small Malta-based bank showed that Muscat's wife was the beneficial owner of a company in Panama, and that large sums of money had been moved between the company and bank accounts in Azerbaijan.

Forensic experts walk in a field after a powerful bomb blew up Galizia's vehicle.

Muscat has denied all wrongdoing.

Recently, Caruana Galizia's outspoken blog had turned its fire on opposition politicians.

Half an hour before the explosion tore into her vehicle, Galizia wrote on her blog: "There are crooks everywhere you look now".

In another entry a year ago, she wrote: 'Malta's public life is afflicted with dangerously unstable men with no principles or scruples'.

He later tweeted that two others had been arrested with police sources saying they were also Maltese.