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Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said he is not excluding setting up a public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia during a meeting in Castille Monday evening.
He continued by saying that once the police’s investigation into the murder is complete, alongside the magisterial inquiry that is currently underway, he would consider opening a public inquiry into the assassination that shocked the country.
He was responding to questions from five international press freedom NGOs including Reporters Without Borders, at a planned meeting on Monday. During the meeting, the delegation of international journalists called for an “immediate public inquiry” to determine whether Caruana Galizia’s murder could have been avoided.
“The only way to start to repair the damage that has been done will be to achieve full justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia,” said one journalist who was in the meeting.
“We highlighted a number of measures we feel have contributed to a lack of trust in the investigation in Malta one of which is the fact that people who have some interest in the case have been involved in the investigation,” members of the delegation of journalists told TVM. “However, we saw a very positive attitude today during this long conversation with us.”
Pictured: Journalists speaking to Maltese media outside of Castille following the meeting
Dr Muscat’s statement came on the same day that the Nationalist Party officially called for a public inquiry
The PN’s motion, which was signed by party leader Adrian Delia, MP Karol Aquilina and MP Robert Cutajar, on behalf of all the Nationalist parliamentary group, also called for the resignation of the Police Commissioner as well as the Attorney General.
It called for a public board of inquiry which would be “composed of a number of people known for their integrity and honesty,” and would have to be passed with a two-thirds majority vote within the House of Representatives.
Dr Delia himself said he had previously already made this call, saying the government has a duty to “to investigate the murder well to catch whoever commissioned it”.