Following international pressure, the government of Malta has said it will launch an independent public inquiry into the murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Caruana Galizia, who wrote a popular anti-corruption blog, was killed by a car bomb outside her home on the island on 16 October 2017.
Europe’s chief human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe, said in June that the failure to identify who was behind the murder raised questions about the rule of law in Malta.
It gave Maltese authorities until 26 September to start a public inquiry aimed at establishing whether the journalist’s death could have been prevented.
Three men have been under arrest since December 2017 and are due to stand trial for the murder. However, police are continuing their investigations to try to find out who ordered the killing, and why.
The Malta government said prime minister Joseph Muscat had appointed retired judge Michael Mallia to preside over the inquiry. He would be assisted by a law professor and a retired…