Protestors have erected photos of late Prime Minister Dom Mintoff and murder victims Raymond Caruana and Karin Grech at the makeshift memorial to assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in front of the Valletta law courts.
The protest move comes days after the Valletta council turned down a motion by PL councillor Ray Azzopardi to remove the memorial on the grounds that it is “defacing” the Great Siege Monument. During the heated meeting, Valletta residents who supported Azzopardi’s motion questioned whether they are allowed to put photos of Mintoff, Raymond Caruana and Karin Grech.
Teenager Karin Grech was killed by a letter bomb addressed to her father in 1977, while PN activist Raymond Caruana was shot dead outside a Nationalist Party club in 1986. Both cases remain unsolved to this day. Unlike the other three people honoured at the memorial, former PL Prime Minister Dom Mintoff wasn’t killed but died at home in 2012 at the age of 96.
The memorial to Caruana Galizia, which is being maintained by her family, was set up to act as a constant reminder to lawyers and the judiciary entering and exiting the law courts that justice has not yet been served for the journalist’s assassination.