There Have Been 24 Unsolved Murders In Malta Since 2008
And five murders already this year
There have been 24 unsolved murders in Malta since 2008, according to official police statistics.
Out of a total of 61 murders, 35 are categorised as "solved", 24 as "unsolved" and two as "partly solved", though the police have not given a specific definition to these categories.
A careful reading of the statistics indicates that the police mark a case as solved once somebody has been charged in court.
For example, the high-profile murders of Daphne Caruana Galizia and Hugo Chetcuti both seem to be registered as solved, even though it is not yet clear whether anybody commissioned their killings. In both cases, those who allegedly carried out the murders have pleaded not guilty in court.
The "partly solved" murders listed by the police took place in 2011 and 2015.
According to these statistics, the worst years for murders were 2012 (10 murders), 2016 (eight murders) and 2008, 2013 and 2014, which each saw six murders take place.
So far this year, there have already been five registered murders, one of which is listed as unsolved. With almost five months left until the end of 2018, it is likely that this will be an above-average year for murders in Malta.