European MPs Demand International Scrutiny Of Caruana Galizia Murder Investigations
MPs call on Council of Europe to examine 'institutional failures in Malta and the systematic targeting of Caruana Galizia for her work'
The Caruana Galizia brothers with PACE president Michele Nicoletti
114 European MPs have signed a motion calling on the Council of Europe to monitor the investigations by the Maltese police into the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The MPs are insisting the investigations shouldn’t focus on the car bomb in isolation, but rather examine “the full context of the assassination, including institutional failures and the systematic targeting of Caruana Galizia for her work”.
The motion is being backed by the three sons of the late journalist, who this week urged the Council of Europe to assign a special rapporteur to Malta to monitor the murder investigation.
“Caruana Galizia was investigating Maltese members of government for their use of secret Panamanian companies, a private bank with links to Maltese and international political figures, and the sale of Maltese passports and strategic State assets to opaque buyers,” the motion reads. “The Parliamentary Assembly [of the Council of Europe] believes that the international community has a responsibility to monitor the ongoing investigation to ensure that all aspects surrounding the assassination are thoroughly and impartially investigated by the competent authorities, without political interference suspected by numerous Maltese demonstrators.”
“This must include an examination of the full context of the assassination, including institutional failures and the systematic targeting of Caruana Galizia for her work. The Assembly should help shed some light on the background of the crime, in co-operation with the relevant Maltese authorities. The effective investigation of this assassination is crucial to all who seek justice and an end to impunity for those who instigate and commit the assassination of whistleblowers and journalists.”