Men charged with killing journalist in vehicle blast

Men charged with killing journalist in vehicle blast

Men charged with killing journalist in vehicle blast

Three men have been charged with murder over a auto bomb blast that killed anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta, according to a statement read out in court.

The assassins who killed Panama Papers journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia used a fatal text message sent from out at sea, according to a report.

Galizia, 53, was killed when a auto bomb exploded in her vehicle in October, after she filed a police report 15 days earlier to reveal she had been threatened.

The men were also charged with manufacturing the bomb which killed the journalist and with taking part in organised crime, as well as possessing explosives.

The three men charged, Vince Muscat and two brothers, Alfred and George Degiorgio, denied involvement in the bombing at a hearing.

They were among 10 Maltese nationals arrested on Monday in connection with Galizia's murder.

She was known for her blog accusing top politicians of corruption.

She subsequently published stories alleging that Muscat's wife, Michelle, received $1 million from the daughter of Azerbaijan's president through a company set up by the same law firm.

Her career spanned 30 years, and she was "one of Malta's most important, visible, fearless journalists", said former Home Affairs Minister Louis Galea.

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