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Malta Arrests 8 in Death of Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

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The wreckage of the car in which the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in October. Credit Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

LONDON — Eight suspects were detained in Malta on Monday in connection with the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist whose death in a car-bomb attack in October stunned the small Mediterranean island where she had uncovered startling levels of corruption in high places.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said in a statement that all eight suspects were Maltese citizens who had been rounded up in an operation involving the police, the army and intelligence services.

Investigators have 48 hours to question the suspects before deciding whether to prosecute, he said, offering no further details, including what charges might be filed.

Michael Farrugia, the minister of home affairs, said on Twitter that the investigation had involved “foreign experts,” but he did not specify their nationalities. The F.B.I. and officials from the Netherlands have been assisting Maltese investigators.

The death of Ms. Caruana Galizia, 53, in the Oct. 16 attack inspired outrage, prompting thousands of people to demonstrate in the days after the killing.

At one protest, demonstrators marched through Valletta, the capital, singing patriotic songs and waving placards that quoted the last words known to have been written by Ms. Caruana Galizia: “There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate.” Demonstrators accused the authorities of failing to protect her.

Source: NYT > World

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