Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Federal Bureau of Investigation to help investigate auto bomb that killed Panama Papers journalist

Federal Bureau of Investigation to help investigate auto bomb that killed Panama Papers journalist

"I am never going to forget, running around the inferno in the field, trying to figure out a way to open the door, the horn of the auto still blaring, screaming at two policemen who turned up with a single fire extinguisher to use it", he wrote.

On the day she was killed, Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, wrote: 'There are crooks everywhere you look now. "We had condemned previous attacks on this investigative journalist, whose bank accounts were also blocked as a result of her revelations".

"She was also targeted because she was the only person doing so", he added.

"This is what happens when the institutions of the state are incapacitated: the last person left standing is often a journalist".

"She has left behind her a huge mountain of libel cases, all high-ranking, all important", the paper's editorial board wrote.

She took aim at the political establishment in Malta, which she believed had become a "mafia state" rife with corruption, as the Guardian put it. A police man named Ramon Misfud made a post on social media saying "Everyone get's what they deserve!"

But there is little faith or trust in the Maltese police.

Malta has appealed for global help in the murder investigation - in particular, the FBI.

Caruana Galizia, in her final post, did not ask an uncomfortable question.

"It sounds to me like Italy in the 1980s or Russia's Putin of today."

EU parliamentarian Sven Giegold, a spokesman for the Greens in the European Parliament's Committee of Inquiry on money laundering and tax evasion, demanded that the EU scrutinize Malta.

He said Malta - the smallest nation in the European Union - could now face legal action.

"RSF urges the Maltese authorities to shed all possible light on her murder and to identify those responsible".

"Malta is now the test case to whether the European commission is serious to enforce European law".

The younger Galizia said that Mifsud was supposed to be investigating the murder, and that his mother was killed "only for the people who are supposed to have protected you to instead be celebrating it". "They have created an environment where people are afraid to speak out".

Mr Falzon, the director of the NGO Aditus Foundation, said one of the major problems in Malta was that governments essentially appointed top public officials like police commissioners and members of the judiciary.

"It was a cowardly attack that took the life of a talented and courageous reporter who dedicated her career to. shining light on corruption", said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

Caruana Galizia relentlessly investigated Joseph Muscat, a politician who is now Labour's prime minister.

"This is what we need to see".

But the level of violence has shocked her.

One woman carried a votive lamp with the murdered journalist's picture in it and another carried a sign that read " Looks like we can't have freedom of speech but we want justice".

In Malta, politics is a passion akin to soccer in other countries.

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