Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova today announced that she will visit Malta in the coming weeks to learn about the island’s efforts against money laundering and investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Daphné Caruana Galizia, who was investigating corruption and money-laundering scandals, including one involving Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, was killed on October 16 when a bomb was detonated under her car near her house. In a resolution adopted on November 15 , the European Parliament expressed “serious concerns” about the independence of the Maltese police and the fight against money laundering on the island.
Malta, like other member states, faces a penalty if it is slow to adopt the new EU anti-money laundering rules. Jourova said she wanted to discuss this issue during her visit to Valletta. She also wants to address the issue of strengthening the Maltese Anti-Money Laundering Agency.
“Of course, I want to inquire about the state of investigations into the murder of Mrs Galizia,” added the European Commissioner at a press conference in Brussels. Three people – brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio and Vincent Muscat – were arrested and charged with executing the journalist, but the police have still not identified the person who ordered the killing.
“This investigation is not just about bringing to justice the people who have actually made the bomb, and made the explosion that killed Daphne. This is also about uncovering who gave the order to do that,” the commission’s vice president Frans Timmermans said, speaking at the same news conference with Jourova.