Top Malta police official ordered to step down from journalist case





Valletta - A court of appeal in Malta confirmed on Friday that a top police official should be dropped from investigating a journalist's murder because of a potential conflict of interest.



 
The court confirmed a Constitutional Court judgement that deputy police commissioner Silvio Valletta should pull out of the Daphne Caruana Galizia case because he is married to a cabinet minister and is a board member of the national anti-money laundering agency.
Caruana Galizia was an investigative journalist killed by a car bomb in October. Her family claims that Maltese authorities - who were seen as fundamentally corrupt by the slain reporter - are not doing enough to bring the culprits to justice.
The appeals court on Friday observed that the Caruana Galizia family believed this was a political murder, possibly ordered by someone high up in government. Valletta's continued presence in the murder investigation "seriously undermined the element of objective impartiality," the court said.
However, the court revoked a request to re-examine any decision taken by Valletta in his investigations.
Three men have been charged with the car bomb which killed the journalist, but the mastermind remains at large.

 


Friday, October 5th 2018
(dpa)
           


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