Cop suspended after saying murdered Panama Papers journalist deserved it

Daphne Caruana Galizia killed in Malta car bomb blast

A Dutch forensic team arrived in Malta on Tuesday to help investigate the vehicle bomb slaying of a journalist who scrutinized the country's top politicians and other powerful figures, an official said, as angry Maltese demanded the truth about who killed the anti-corruption crusader.

"A few hours later, while that clown of a Prime Minister was making statements to parliament about a journalist he spent over a decade demonising and harassing, one of the police sergeants who is supposed to be investigating her murder [NAME REDACTED] posted on Facebook, 'Everyone gets what they deserve, cow dung!" "I welcome the pledge by the Prime Minister of Malta to bring to justice this crime against a person and against the rights of freedom of expression and freedom of information, which are essential to democracies everywhere".

The victim of an apparent auto bombing, Caruana Galizia died immediately.

She was well known for his sharp anti-corruption blogs that criticized the prominent politicians of Malta.

"We are outraged by Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder and offer our heartfelt condolences to her family and colleagues", said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF's EU-Balkans desk.

Muscat also said she had written on her blog about receiving threats "from people in the opposition" over the last month, but that he could not verify the claim. The journalist posted her final blog on her Running Commentary website at 2.35 p.m. on Monday, and the explosion, which occurred near her home, was reported to police just after 3 p.m.

Among her stories were investigations based on the Panama Papers leak detailing politicians' secret offshore holdings.

The FBI is helping authorities in Malta investigate a auto bomb that killed a journalist who exposed the nation's ties to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers.

"Caruana Galizia revealed the Panama Papers and was the government's strongest critic", Delia said.

Authorities have launched an investigation into her murder and promised that "the FBI will fly experts to the island to help local police", in The Associated Press' words. 'I'm sorry, there is nothing we can do, ' one of them said.

Galizia's work earned praise for exposing links between those close to Muscat and offshore dealings to receive money from Azerbaijan, though he denies any wrongdoing. The forensic teams were invited in by Mr Muscat, who told parliament: "I have given them no limits".

Politico recently referred to Caruana Galizia as a "one-woman WikiLeaks".

Mr Muscat said he had asked the United States government and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for help investigating the auto bombing.

The head of the European Popular Party, Manfred Weber, has joined in the chorus of politicians, journalists and citizens calling for an independent global inquiry.

Caruana Galizia's death has also sent shockwaves through Europe.

European journalists and EU officials made statements expressing their shock and grief for the loss of life of a journalist and the attack on the freedom of the press.



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