“No need for public inquiry into Daphne’s assassination” – PM

Alessandra Dee Crespo

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has ruled out a second public inquiry into the assassination of the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Muscat was speaking to BBC Radio 4 and he said that there was no need for a public inquiry saying that as far he was aware the family had full confidence in the magistrate who was in charge of the investigation.

The Prime Minister said he was not sure what the call for a public inquiry might have meant and said that if what it meant was a political inquiry in Parliament this would have to take place at a later stage. He argued that if it had to happen now, this would compromise the on going court procedures.

However the lawyer to the Caruana Galizia family, Tony Murphy, explained to BBC Radio 4 that the public inquiry would consist of senior members of the judiciary along with foreign jurists who would investigate Caruana Galizia’s assassination. He explained further how the scope of the on-going investigation was narrowed down to only trace who had detonated the bomb but does not answer the real question. Murphy said that Muscat evaded a crucial question whether Caruana Galizia’s death could have been avoided and if there was any state complicity in her assassination.

Murphy referred to the European Convention on Human Rights which requires a prompt investigation, he said that this was far from being the case, since almost a year later it is not yet known who commissioned the murder, whether this could have been avoided and whether there was any collusion between the state and the assassination.

Muscat told BBC Radio 4 that the Caruana Galizia’s family had trust in the Magistrate and reminded that three people were under arrest.

Murphy said that the Council of Europe is meeting next week and the family was invited to address it on the issue of the public inquiry saying that there was international concern about the Prime Minister trying to prevent a second public inquiry.