Malta blew up writing about Panamanian offshore journalist
Moscow. 16 Oct. INTERFAX.RU — Maltese journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galicia, known for revealing content in relation to the authorities, was killed in a bomb explosion in her car near his own house, said on Monday the British newspaper the Guardian.
According to the newspaper, one of the last high-profile investigations 56-year-old journalist was related to the Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat and his two closest aides. Daphne Caruana Galicia wrote about their relationship with a Panamanian offshore companies, the sale of Maltese passports and getting money from the government of Azerbaijan.
According to local media, 15 days ago Caruana Galicia reported to the police that she received death threats.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the murder of the journalist. The Prime Minister, who was involved in her investigation, called the crime “barbaric attack”.
The scandal around the “Panama records” has inflamed after in the beginning of April 2016, the German Sueddeutsche Zeitung published documents of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which indicates wide use in the world of offshore schemes for tax evasion. The scandal received maximum publicity — the papers were also published by many media outlets, collaborating with an International consortium of journalistic investigations (ICIJ).
The documents contained information about the involvement of a number of prominent world figures to tax evasion, money laundering and other fraud. In particular, this list includes relatives or close people of the President of China, President of Ukraine, President of Azerbaijan, the kings of Morocco and Saudi Arabia, the Prime Minister of great Britain. On the basis of this publication, the Prosecutor General’s office of Panama is investigating.