EU leaders urge full inquiry into Malta journalist murder
20 Oct 2017

19 October 2017

By Francesco Guarascio, REUTERS

European Union leaders called on Malta on Thursday to carry out a full investigation with international help over the killing of the country’s best-known journalist, and the EU parliament agreed to hold a debate on media freedom on the island.

Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has already called in foreign investigators to help look into the car bomb that killed Daphne Caruana Galizia, who wrote about widespread breaches of the rule of law and corruption on the island.

Malta is the smallest EU country but is home to a disproportionately large financial services sector and is the continental hub for the flourishing online gaming industry.

Muscat, who himself had sued Caruana Galizia after she accused him and his wife of wrongdoing, promised a thorough investigation of the killing.

“We will not exclude any sort of path, any sort of measure to make sure we get to the bottom of it,” Muscat told reporters arriving to the EU summit in Brussels.

The president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani said he raised the issue in a meeting with EU leaders.

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