The murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has refocused attention on corruption and money-laundering scandals in Malta. The island that critics – including her own son – described as a “mafia state.
After the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, EU lawmakers have called on the European Commission to do more to combat money-laundering and corruption in Malta after looking the other way for too long.
Caruana Galizia was thefirst to reveal the Maltese names in the “Panama Papers,” the 11.5 million documents leaked in May 2016 that revealed how wealth was hidden and laundered across the world.
Perhaps most notably, she wrote about offshore shell companies held in Panama and elsewhere by members of Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s government – as well as his wife. Many of the accusations in her widely read blog, whose last post was published less than an hour before her death on Monday, were repeated by her son Matthew Caruana Galizia in a Facebook post published on Tuesday.
“It is of little comfort for the prime minister of this country to say that he will ‘not rest’ until the perpetrators are found,” he wrote. “First he filled his office with crooks, then he filled the police with crooks and imbeciles, then he filled the courts with crooks and incompetents. If the institutions were already working, there would be no assassination to investigate – and my brothers and I would still have a mother.”
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