Opposition Leader Calls For Inquiry Into Whether Authorities Had Known Of Plot To Murder Daphne Caruana Galizia

"The government has failed in its duty to prevent the murder and to catch the person who masterminded it"

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Opposition leader Adrian Delia has called on the government to set up an independent commission to investigate whether any Maltese authorities had been aware of a plot to murder journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

“An autonomous and independent special commission must be set up to identify the government’s shortcomings in protecting the slain journalist, to investigate whether any authority had been aware of any movements that could have indicated a threat to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s life, and to establish whether the authorities had failed to act in a timely manner to save her life,” Delia said.

The PN leader demanded the instant sacking of police commissioner Lawrence Cutajar in light of a recent Constitutional Court ruling that his deputy Silvio Valletta should play no further part in the murder investigation as his marriage to Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana poses a conflict of interest.

Delia added that the police must state what it has done and is currently doing to identify the mastermind behind the journalist’s murder.

“Recent developments show that the government has clearly failed in its duty to prevent the murder and to catch the person who masterminded it,” he said.

Apart from the Constitutional Court’s decision on Silvio Valletta, the PN leader also cited a recent report by The Daphne Project into how Economy Minister Chris Cardona had encountered murder suspect Alfred Degiorgio at a bachelor’s party of a mutual friend and how an alleged fuel smuggler had last year called up Caruana Galizia, Cardona and Degiorgio right after each other.

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