Caruana Galizia family file judicial protest for PM to be investigated

A protester holds a picture of Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat with his face covered in blood, next to a person holding a sign during a demonstration demanding justice over the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia outside the Parliament House, in Valletta, Malta, December 1, 2019. The sign reads, "Murderers in Castille" REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The family of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has filed a judicial protest against Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and the Attorney General asking the Prime Minister to desist from further being involved in the criminal investigation, criminal proceedings and the process by which evidence will be gathered by the board on the public inquiry.

The judicial protest was signed by lawyers Therese Comodini Cachia, Eve Borg Constanzi, Jason Azzopardi and Peter Caruana Galizia.

The family has called for the Prime Minister to be investigated and his actions to be investigated and for related evidence to be preserved as part of the ongoing investigation.

Several individuals were arrested over the past days in connection to the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, among those arrested was former chief of staff to the Prime Minister Keith Schembri. Schembri had held the post for a number of years.

In their judicial protest, the widow and the three sons pointed out that Schembri was very close to the Prime Minister, not only because he had an office within the Prime Minister’s office but also because the Prime Minister would depend on advice given by Schembri. The former chief of staff was present during meetings with the Security Services, with the family arguing that he might have been aware of any other information which was passed onto the Prime Minister regarding the investigation.

In their objection, the family pointed out that Economy Minister Chris Cardona who has just been reinstated was questioned over his alleged involvement in the assassination.

Further, it was pointed out that the Prime Minister has chosen to remain until January 2020, thereby involving himself in the ongoing investigation.

All of this, the family stated is in breach of having an effective investigation into the assassination of Caruana Galizia, who was also a mother and wife. Claiming that this was in breach of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights concerning the right to life.