15 years in prison for a man confessing to the murder of critical Maltese journalist

One of the three men suspected of being involved in the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Also, the man, Vince Muscat, has to pay 42,000 euros in legal expenses.

Caruana Galizia was killed in 2017 by a bombing of her car. Muscat confessed to guilt today. His lawyer announced in court that his client admits to killing Caruana Galizia.

Muscat reached a settlement with the prosecutors by providing information about the murder and renouncing his right to appeal, reports the local newspaper The Times of Malta. The other two suspects, the brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio, continue to insist that they are innocent.

Omtzigt Special Rapporteur

The 53-year-old investigative journalist Caruana Galizia wrote a lot about corruption cases in Malta. She often pointed to politicians, including the then Prime Minister and some ministers. Several ministers and the former prime minister resigned after her murder.

CDA member of the parliament Pieter Omtzigt was appointed by the Council of Europe as special rapporteur to investigate the murder and aftermath. In doing so, he came across serious flaws in the Maltese rule of law. Omtzigt wrote a letter last year calling on the Prime Minister of Malta not to stop the investigation into the murder of the Maltese investigative journalist.