The data on the computer and mobile phone of assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia are reportedly being analysed in a secure location overseas.
This crucial new development was reported by TVM on Friday but was hidden in the middle of a report on Caruana Galizia’s upcoming funeral. The Maltese police, who were quick to dismiss as speculation a media report claiming TNT had been used to explode the journalist’s car, have not denied this report.
According to TVM’s sources, all of Caruana Galizia’s computer hardware – including a server – have been sent to a “secure location” abroad so as to ensure no information is tampered with. The SIM card from her smartphone – which was destroyed in the explosion – has also been cloned and taken to the Netherlands for further analysis.
Police commissioner Laurence Cutajar has been a main focal point of protestors’ anger
The status of Caruana Galizia’s laptop remains a mystery; MaltaToday had originally reported police had found it at the crime scene, but the Malta Independent later reported this was not the case.
TVM published its report a day after a Europol team landed in Malta to help the Maltese police in their investigations into Caruana Galizia’s murder, joining the FBI and a team of Dutch forensic expert as the foreign bodies looking into the case.
If it is confirmed that such crucial evidence is being analysed outside of Malta, then it will cast serious doubt on police commissioner Laurence Cutajar’s claim that the Maltese police force are leading the investigations.
Protestors demanding justice for Caruana Galizia’s murder have targeted Cutajar, arguing his refusal to investigate government corruption renders him incompetent to investigate the journalist’s murder. Public criticism of Cutajar only intensified when he delivered a disastrous press conference four days after the murder, in which he gave no new information on the case.
All of Malta’s media houses have filed a court application to ensure the police protect Caruana Galizia’s sources if they encounter their details while investigating the journalist’s murder.
Caruana Galizia’s funeral will be held this Friday at the Mosta parish church.