Murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia: special unit within National Security Service
Malta’s Security Service has a special unit dedicated specifically to collecting relevant information about the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. This emerges from the annual report by the National Committee on Security for last year where it was stated that the officers in this unit have been increased and a lot of work has been done for this case to be solved.
Set up to protect the security of the country and its citizens, the National Security Service reported that it has dedicated substantial resources to terrorism. It was stated that this did not occur because there is a direct threat against Malta, but because it was necessary to be more vigilant and active in this sensitive sector.
The role of the Security Service in the investigations into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia did not stop with the arrest in December 2017 of the three men who are undergoing Court proceedings charged with the murder of the journalist. In its annual report which was tabled in Parliament, it was stated that last year this special unit which was set up for this case, continued to work with other entities and carried out a lot of work to collect information . It was stated that officers within this unit have been increased and apart from the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, they were also assigned to work on other serious crimes.
The aim of the Security Service is to protect national security. At the heart of this service there is the collection of information which is done using systems and different means such as legal interception, the Internet and social media. This information is analysed and shared with other entities in charge of enforcing the law such as the Police and Customs. In the report, the large drug busts carried out in 2018 were also mentioned which were a result of the co-ordination between the forces of order. The service also gives a lot of weight to maintaining good contacts with foreign Security Service agencies.
The report also referred to the work against the importation and trafficking of drugs and contraband, as well as the need to increase the attention given and resources assigned for the anti-terrorist sector. Last year the local situation was normal and no incident related to terrorism was reported. The Security Service has no information of any individuals or groups which have the capacity and intention of carrying out terrorist attacks against Malta or against foreign interests in Malta. However the Security Service said that it is committed to being vigilant about what is happening especially in our region, because terrorism has no borders and no country can be excluded from this challenge.
The work of the Security Service is supervised by the Security Committee, made up. of the Prime Minister, the Opposition Leader, the Home Affairs Minister, the Foreign Affairs Minister and the Secretary to the Cabinet.