Lawyer files note on Caruana Galizia’s ‘critical views’ on police protection in inquiry records

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Former Partit Laburista Minister and lawyer Joseph Brincat filed a note in the records of the public inquiry into the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, drawing the board’s attention to the journalist’s critical view on police protection.

In his note he attached screenshots from the Running Commentary arguing that Caruana Galizia had “ridiculed” former law commissioner and Member of Parliament Franco Debono for seeking such protection. Brincat maintained that he wanted to expose Caruana Galizia’s “philosophy regarding the protection which the State could have offered her.”

Caruana Galizia had reported that Debono had a police officer detailed to his parents’ house in Ħal Għaxaq round the clock since Joseph Muscat took office.

The public inquiry is tasked with investigating whether the state facilitated or failed to prevent Daphne’s assassination, to establish whether the state allowed an environment of impunity for serious crime to develop, and to determine whether the state has fulfilled and is fulfilling its positive obligation to protect individuals at risk, particularly in the case of journalists.

The issue of protection offered to journalists has been constantly questioned by the board.

The lawyer said that in one of her posts Caruana Galizia said that she had refused police protection that was offered to her pre-2013.

The board of the public inquiry is composed of retired Judge Michael Mallia as chairperson, retired Chief Justice Joseph Said Pullicino and Judge Abigail Lofaro, who is still a serving judge.