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One in three men Vincent Muscat accused of the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in 2017 was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty.
One of three men accused of murdering journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in 2017 pleads guilty https://t.co/oqhTrORJGz
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Vincent Muscat admitted that he was involved in the car bomb attack
Vincent Muscat admitted on Tuesday that he was involved in the car bomb attack that killed the journalist.
Many suspect that he was commissioned by important figures in the Maltese establishment.
Caruana Galizia, a “Wikileaks woman” called, has denounced corruption networks at home and abroad.
Muscat changed his plea dramatically on Tuesday and agreed to provide information on the murder. He is also required to pay legal costs of € 42,000 ($ 51,000; £ 36,300).
The other two defendants, brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio, who are also over 50, were also in the courtroom on Tuesday but did not speak.
The three men were accused of planning the assassination attempt and setting off the bomb that killed Caruana Galizia near his home in October 2017. They were arrested in December of that year. The Degiorgio brothers complied with the complaints of not guilty.
According to the Times of Malta newspaper, Muscat reached an agreement with prosecutors, offered information about the murder and waived his right to appeal.
A fourth person, Maltese businessman Yorgen Fenech, has also been charged with complicity in the murder – an allegation he denies.
Mr Fenech, arrested while trying to get away from Malta on a yacht in November 2019, is awaiting trial.
Caruana Galizia, 53 when she died, was a journalist for 30 years and has relentlessly accused Maltese politicians and other corruption officials on her popular blog, Running Commentary.
She sharply criticized the government and called a snap election in 2017, publishing allegations linking the then prime minister to the Panama Papers scandal.
Joseph Muscat, who has no connection to the suspect, has denied the corruption allegations. He then resigned as prime minister in December 2019 after an investigation implicated his close associates in the murder.
After her murder, her son Paul hit the country’s so-called “mafia state” and said his mother was killed “because she stood between the rule of law and those who tried to violate it.”
Following Tuesday’s conviction, the journalist’s family said in a statement that they hoped “this development would pave the way for full justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia.”
Her murder “destroyed her right to life and deprived her of the right to enjoy her family and her grandchildren born after her murder,” she added.