Netherlands and Germany monitoring investigation – report

Officials will be sent to Malta

A protester holds a broom with the slogan "Mafia Government" during a demonstration demanding justice over the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, outside the Parliament in Valletta, Malta, December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Netherlands will be closely watching Malta’s independent inquiry into the startling murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. This was reported in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf

Additionally, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced that both the Netherlands and Germany will be sending at least one observer each.

The investigation must determine, among other things, whether the authorities were aware or could have been aware that the life of the journalist was in danger.

Dutch MP Pieter Omtzigt, who has repeatedly commented on the state of affairs in Malta, is pleased that the Netherlands will be aiding the inquiry. He insisted that the Maltese government had first proposed a partial and very limited investigation. “After international pressure, it was improved.” 

The case witness claims that the right-hand man of the Maltese Prime Minister was the mastermind behind the murder.

The newspaper reported that for this reason, the importance of solving the problems in Malta is “essential”, because otherwise, a ‘hole’ for corrupt banks and shady passport traders will remain in the EU.