Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Bomb kills reporter who covered Malta's 'Panama Papers' link

Bomb kills reporter who covered Malta's 'Panama Papers' link

The force of the blast reduced her vehicle to pieces and catapulted the journalist's body into a nearby field, witnesses said. "The situation is desperate", wrote Caruana Galizia, who leaves behind a husband and three sons.

Ms Galizia's blog relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged corruption, often involving politicians from the Mediterranean island.

The Panama Papers refer to the 11.5 million documents that were leaked from large offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca in 2015.

She wrote on Monday: "There are crooks everywhere you look now".

An ambulance is parked on the road where a auto bomb killed investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, in the town of Mosta, Malta, October 16, 2017.

One of Malta's most renowned investigative journalists was killed Monday when a bomb exploded in her auto just after she had left her home.

He announced that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had agreed to help local police investigate the killing and was flying experts to the island as soon as possible.

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"In these moments, when the country is shocked by such a vicious attack, I call on everyone to measure their words, to not pass judgment and to show solidarity", Malta President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca also said, The Guardian reported.

Opposition leader Adrian Delia called the killing a "political murder".

Galizia, 53, had recently denounced threats on her life and filed a police report just over two weeks ago saying she was threatened, according to Television Malta.

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Caruana Galizia alleged that Muscat's wife, Michelle, was the owner of a company in Panama and that vast sums of money had been transferred between the company and bank accounts in Azerbaijan.

Mr Schembri is claiming that he is not corrupt, despite moving to set up a secret company in Panama along with favourite minister Konrad Mizzi and Mr Egrant just days after Labour won the general election in 2013, sheltering it in a top-secret trust in New Zealand, then hunting round the world for a shady bank that would take them as clients.

Monday evening's Parliament session was scrapped, except for briefings about the bombing scheduled to be given by Muscat and Delia, the opposition leader.

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