Europol help with investigations urgently needed, Caruana Galizia family maintains

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Today’s revelations that Yorgen Fenech – who stands accused of ordering the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia – made millions off an Enemalta deal in Montenegro through his secret company emphasised the need for a Europol Joint Investigation Team, according to the late journalist’s family.

The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation said that the revelations, made by Reuters and the Times of Malta, provided further evidence that the assassination was motivated by Caruana Galizia’s investigation of a kickback scheme involving senior Maltese government officials, state-owned enterprises and private businesses.

The foundation said that it welcomed Prime Minister Robert Abela’s assertion, made in an evening press conference, that the police force would be given more resources if needed.

But it added that “it has never been clearer that Maltese law enforcement, which collapsed under the weight of Fenech, [Konrad] Mizzi and [Keith] Schembri’s international corruption during Joseph Muscat’s government, needs assistance.

It said that the scale and extent of transnational crime exposed by Caruana Galizia and the journalists continuing her work could only be properly investigated “by an international team unrestricted by national borders.”