Daphne Caruana Galizia’s remains have been released for burial, and her funeral is expected to be held in the coming days.
At the same time, tvm.com.mt is informed that all of the journalist’s information and technological equipment has been deposited in a secure location outside the country, where foreign experts will try to recover information which may prove useful in investigations about who was involved in her murder.
A week after the autopsy, Court ordered the release of her remains, enabling her family to make preparations for her funeral.
Sources speaking to tvm.com.mt explained that Magistrate Anthony Vella, leading the Inquiry with the help of a number of experts, has expressed satisfaction at the tests that have been carried out and thus decided on the release of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s remains.
In another development all the data held by the deceased journalist in her mobile and her computer have been sent to a secure location outside Malta not only to preserve all the information but also to enable technological experts to try and recover information that may help investigators and may provide clues as to who was behind the placing of the powerful bomb that was probably placed inside her vehicle.
The original SIM card that was in her mobile has been taken to a secure location in Holland and a clone has been taken to enable further analysis. In addition her server and all her hardware containing a great volume of information have also been sent to a secure place outside Malta to ensure that no information is tampered with.
Meanwhile, Maltese investigators, together with technical and forensic experts from Europol, the FBI and Holland are still carefully studying all the fragments that have been recovered from the macabre Bidnija location, the scene of the explosion.
Sources have explained it is premature at this stage to determine the motive for her killing and whether this is in any way related to a story Caruana Galizia had written in the past or whether she was writing a story that may have been a source of irritation and led to the decision to assassinate her before it is published. However, investigators are convinced the bomb was placed in the hired vehicle. This is being seen as another aspect in the complicated developments that investigators are faced with.