Updated 11:26am 4/12:
Two more people have been arrested since Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s press conference this morning. This brings the total number of people arrested at the time of writing to 10.
‘An additional 2 persons have been apprehended in #DaphneCaruanaGalizia murder probe, bringing total to 10 arrests. Authorities have all areas of interest under control since early this morning and searches are underway.’ – #Malta PM @JosephMuscat_JM
— Government of Malta (@MaltaGov) December 4, 2017
Ten Maltese people have been arrested in connection with the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has announced.
The arrests took place this morning during a major raid conducted by the police, army and security services in Marsa, Bugibba and Haz-Zebbug. Muscat confirmed that police operations are still ongoing across other parts of the island.
Addressing an urgent press conference in Castille, Muscat refused to provide details on the arrests, including on whether the people are suspected to be the executors or the masterminds, arguing such details risk prejudicing the investigations.
As per Maltese law, police will now have 48 hours to interrogate the eight people before prosecuting them.
“The state and myself personally are committed to bring the people responsible to justice,” Muscat said. “As soon as I learned about this barbaric act, I said that we will leave no stone unturned.”
Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb on 16th October. Magistrate Anthony Vella is leading an inquiry into the assassination with the help of foreign experts, including the FBI.