‘There’s still plenty left to emerge on this story’ – BBC

Sarah Cassar Dymond

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

BBC correspondent Juliet Rix reflected on how Malta has changed since the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a podcast.

Last week, French prosecutors announced that they have started an investigation into the business activities of murder suspect Yorgen Fenech. The inquiry in Paris is a response to allegations by the Caruana Galizia family that Fenech used cash from property deals and racehorses in France to bribe Maltese officials.

In her podcast, Rix reflected on how the most prominent figures in Caruana Galizia’s reporting were still at large, and have not faced full police questioning. Referring to two government ministers and disgraced former OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, Rix said that these individuals still enjoyed their freedom.

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She referred to the resignation of disgraced former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Partit Laburista’s leadership race, mentioning that “his friend Abela took over”. Rix noted that despite the “new regime” no longer includes three senior figures whose names crop up most, “they still walk freely in the streets in Valletta”.

Caruana Galizia’s assassination “shone the spotlight on an island of much sunshine and murky business”. Rix said that the three men suspected to be the hired assassins were still awaiting a trial date. The BBC correspondent said that there was still plenty to emerge on this story.