The Malta Independent 23 May 2018, Wednesday

Daphne Project: ‘Lives of my mother’s sources more important than government’s thirst for vengeance’

Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 13:42 Last update: about 29 days ago

Matthew Caruana Galizia, son of Daphne Caruana Galizia, yesterday evening explained to CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour that even if he was in possession of his mother’s laptop, handing it over to the police would be ‘irresponsible’.

Caruana Galizia was speaking to Amanpour together with his brother Paul on a television interview.

Bringing up the location of the laptop, which has stirred some controversy over the past few weeks, Amanpour said: “I understand that the investigators want your mother’s last tablet or laptop, or whatever she was writing on, and even if you had it, you wouldn’t turn it over?”

Answering the question, Matthew Caruana Galizia said “of course not, it would be extremely irresponsible to put more lives at risk. It’s the last thing that our mother would have wanted.”

“Because in that tablet there would have been all the sources, and people she was working with?” replied Amanpour, adding “where do you think it could be? How do you think it disappeared? Was it blown up in the car? Did she carry it out with her?”

“I didn’t see what my mother was carrying when she left the house because I had my back turned towards the door, and I don’t know where the laptop is. But even if I did, I would have never handed it over, because if the police were to have come to me and I had the laptop in my possession, I would have destroyed it. I would have done my best to destroy it, because I think that the lives of my mother’s sources are more important than the government’s thirst for vengeance against them.”

Last week, Malta Today reported that that the police had filed a court application asking the inquiring magistrate to take possession of the laptop after they realised that the one collected from the Caruana Galizia household was an old one.

The newspaper said inquiring magistrate Anthony Vella had confirmed receiving such a request from the police but could not say whether he had asked the Caruana Galizia family to hand over the laptop.  

After the publication of the story, unknown individuals started putting up banners asking why someone was “hiding” the laptop. The banners were seemingly put up to counter banners that have been installed around the island by several activist groups.

In the interview, Paul Caruana Galizia also explained that complete justice and closure will be found through a ‘transparent public inquiry’, and once who ordered the assassination and the reason why is found out.

Speaking about the Daphne Project, Matthew Caruana Galizia said that although stories are still coming out, the first part of the project had succeeded in humanising Daphne Caruana Galizia. “The first batch of stories has served to humanise our mother to an audience that was only used to seeing propaganda about her.”

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