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Police have not as yet established the motive for the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

Police have not as yet established the motive behind the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia even though there are four persons under arrest and another person has been granted a Presidential Pardon. This resulted in Court today when the Board of Public Inquiry into the murder of the journalist heard the testimony of Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa’ who said the investigators are focused to establish the reasons for the murder. However, the Police Commissioner said as yet the motive is not clear.

Asked about the investigations, Commissioner Gafa’ acknowledged that the Police had committed some mistakes, particularly the information that had been sent to Dubai about bank accounts and Yorgen Fenech’s 17 Black company. He said the mistakes were not intentional.

Gafa’ said that during the last five months since he has been Commissioner, reforms have been implemented for greater transparency of Police operations and there has been an avoidance of practices that may in any way influence Police Corps officials from carrying out their duties. He said that one particular change has been that the Homicide Squad now has a Police Inspector who is solely focused on the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

He said that previously Police investigations were hampered because there was not one official entirely dedicated to the case with the process being lengthened because of investigations into other homicides.

Commissioner Gafa’ said that Magistrates have always appointed foreign experts to help in investigations connected with the Panama Papers and 17 Black and so far not one Maltese expert has been appointed in investigations in criminal financial activities. He said that shortly after his appointment as Commissioner he changed the Department for Criminal Financial Acts and made this a priority for the Corps.