03 Apr 2019
Members of the European Parliament are voicing concerns about the rule of law in Malta and Slovakia following the murder of two journalists investigating corruption and organized crime in the countries.
The parliamentarians on Thursday formally adopted the conclusions reached last summer by a working group established within the Civil Liberties Committee in response to the 2017 car bombing that killed Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and the 2018 shootings of Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova.
In a resolution, the lawmakers called on EU institutions and member-states to launch an independent inquiry into Galizia’s death as well as the “alleged cases of corruption, financial crime, money laundering, fraud and tax evasion reported by her, which involve Maltese high-ranking current and former public officials.”
Galizia, who had utilized the leaked Panama Papers records to uncover offshore wealth allegedly linked to Maltese officials, is believed to have been murdered in response to reports of money laundering and other financial crimes published on her blog.
MEPs welcomed progress in investigating the deaths of Kuciak and Kusnirova but urged international authorities to ensure that the case is fully investigated.
“The resolution voices concern about the allegations of corruption, conflicts of interest, impunity and revolving doors in Slovakia’s circles of power,” the MEPs said. “It also warns over the politicisation and lack of transparency in selection and appointment processes, such as for the position of Chief of Police.”
Photo: Steve Lek
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