The Malta Independent 16 December 2017, Saturday

#occupyjustice questions ‘theatrics’ of arrests in connection with Daphne’s murder

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 10:44 Last update: about 10 days ago

The pressure group #occupyjustice said it is closely monitoring the unfolding of events following yesterday's arrest of ten suspects in the investigation of the assassination of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

In a post on Facebook, #occupyjustice questioned the theatrics involved in making justice seen to be done, but “we fervently hope that this will pave the way for justice to be done”. Crucially, at this sensitive stage #occupyjustice recalls the words of the Italian anti-Mafia prosecutor, Antonio di Pietro: "you cannot just be happy knowing who killed Daphne by placing the explosives. You need to expect to understand who ordered the killing.”

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#occupyjustice reiterated that yesterday's events confirmed the inability of the Police Commissioner to live up to his role. Not only did he not address the press conference himself but he ran away from the media at a later event.

The dean of the faculty of law, Kevin Aquilina, said that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat did nothing wrong when calling a press conference to inform the public that 10 suspects had been arrested in connection with the murder of slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Aquilina explained that since the investigations are tied to laws surrounding secrecy in relation to magisterial inquiries, the commissioner would not have been in a position to answer any questions.

In their post, #occupyjustice reiterated that the Attorney General must also be removed. He is failing his basic duty to investigate the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff, Keith Schembri and his trusted Minister, Konrad Mizzi, and their involvement in the Panama Papers and other illegal kickbacks.

#occupyjustice also condemned the “unethical and insensitive” manner with which the grieving family of Daphne Caruana Galizia was left out of the loop regarding this operation. Further pain was inflicted on them yesterday, which means that yet again, the authorities have unforgivably failed them, the pressure group said.

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