By: Dalila Hashish, News Editor, The Pawprint
In 2017, investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in Malta, and now one of the suspects in her murder has pleaded guilty, earning him 15 years in prison yesterday (February 23).
Caruana Galizia, 53, was known for uncovering corruption in various countries, and she could have been seen as a threat to resident gangs or criminals. She was killed in a car bombing in mid-October of 2017, and it is believed that it was most definitely a planned and premeditated act.
Three men were charged for her murder in December of 2017, but they haven’t been jailed yet. Vincent Muscat has changed his please from innocent to guilty after supposedly reaching a plea deal with the law enforcement officials. In addition to pleading guilty and getting 15 years in jail, he also has to pay a hefty $51,000 in court expenses, as well as providing the court with more information about the murder.
The other two suspects, brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio, are maintaining their plea of innocence.
After the sentencing, Daphne’s family released a statement saying “[we hope] this development will begin the road for total justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia…[her murder] destroyed her right to life and removed her right to enjoy her family and grandchildren who were born after her murder”.