The Malta Independent 14 November 2018, Wednesday

Daphne Caruana Galizia murder inquiry has cost €136,000 so far – Justice Minister

Friday, 2 November 2018, 19:54 Last update: about 12 days ago

The magisterial inquiry into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has so far cost €136,465, Justice Minister Owen Bonnici told Parliament on Friday.

Replying to a Parliamentary Question by PL MP Clayton Bartolo, Bonnici said 493 hours had been spent so far on court sittings related to the murder. The total cost of these court sittings amounted to €20,456.

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Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb attack just outside her Bidnija home on 16 October 2016. Three men stand charged with the murder.

The data provided by the justice minister shows that €66,000 was spent on DNA testing.

The list includes the expenses incurred on court experts, both foreign and local.

It shows, for example, that €3,148 was spent on accommodation for the Dutch forensic experts.

Other items in the list include the hire of a truck and crane to remove Caruana Galizia’s car from the site of the blast in Bidnija, the purchase of storage boxes and hire of gazebos, and translation services. 

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