The Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said he is ready to meet with the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia on the public inquiry about the journalist’s murder. In an official statement, the Prime Minister’s Office said that contact has already been made with the family so that the meeting is held. This followed the reaction on the announcement that the Government appointed the public inquiry, after the family requested to meet the Prime Minister on the board’s members.
The Caruana Galizia family said in a statement that in the wake of the case gravity and the inquiry mandate to investigate state’s institutions, justice requires that all of the board’s members have no financial or political link with the present administration. They added that if the public has a reason to doubt the independence and impartiality of some of the board’s members, its work becomes irrelevant. It is in this context that they requested the meeting with the Prime Minister.
The appointment of the public inquiry was welcomed by the Council of Europe’s secretary general, Marija Pejcinovic Buric, who recognised that the Maltese Government adhered to the recommendation given last June and launched the public inquiry on the murder of Caruana Galizia within three months. She said that the Council of Europe will be following closely the commission’s work.
Repubblika organisation raised various objections on the board’s members, including due to conflict they might have or because they formed part of the investigation on the murder. It also criticised the fact that the Government did not consult the family before it announced the appointment of the inquiry.
The Government replied that the criticism on the three members of the inquiry board is not justified, adding that no criticism was raised on the aims the inquiry has to reach.
Opposition leader Adrian Delia also commented on the public inquiry, saying that he will call a meeting of the parliamentary group in the coming days to discuss the appointment of the inquiry.
PN leader asks Prime Minister to meet with Caruana Galizia family