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Crime Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect pleads guilty

01:06  24 february  2021
01:06  24 february  2021 Source:   cnn.com

Malta: Fifteen years in prison for one of the accused of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

 Malta: Fifteen years in prison for one of the accused of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia © AFP The murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has pushed the Maltese into the streets to demand justice. Here, November 29, 2019, in Valletta. One of the three men accused of the October 2017 murder of Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia pleaded guilty on Tuesday for the first time since the start of preliminary hearings. He was then sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Valletta court.

One of three men accused of assassinating investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in 2017 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty . Vincent Muscat admitted involvement on Tuesday in the car bombing that killed the reporter. Many suspect it was ordered by top Malta establishment figures. Called a "one-woman Wikileaks", Caruana Galizia uncovered networks of corruption in the country and abroad. Muscat changed his plea on Tuesday in a dramatic turn of events and agreed to provide information about the murder .

Daphne Anne Caruana Galizia (née Vella; 26 August 1964 – 16 October 2017) was a Maltese writer, blogger and anti-corruption activist, who reported on political events in Malta.

Vincent Muscat, one of the three suspects accused of the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, has pleaded guilty to murder, according to his lawyer.

a woman standing in front of a screen: Caruana Galizia was a leading Maltese anti-corruption journalist who was killed in a car bombing. © Jon Borg/AP Caruana Galizia was a leading Maltese anti-corruption journalist who was killed in a car bombing.

Attorney Marc Sant told CNN, "There was a plea bargain ... the agreement is 15 years imprisonment." Muscat will also face financial penalties, he said.

Sant noted that he does not represent the two other suspects charged with murder, brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio, but he told CNN they continue to plead not guilty.

CNN reached out to the Malta Court of Criminal Appeal for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

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One of three men facing trial over the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has pleaded guilty . She was killed in car bombing in 2017. Vincent Muscat declared himself " guilty " on Tuesday at a pre-trial hearing in Malta over the killing of anti-corruption journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia . Galizia was killed in a car bombing near her home village in October 2017. Brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio, also accused of procurring, planting and detonating the bomb, remained silent despite Muscat's plea , "their faces betraying no expression," reported the Times of Malta (TM)

VALLETTA (Reuters) - One of three men accused of the 2017 car bomb murder of Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia pleaded guilty to the killing on Tuesday. Vince Muscat changed his plea from not guilty during pre-trial compilation of evidence. He has been under arrest The other two are sticking to their not- guilty plea . Caruana Galizia 's killing by a car bomb shone a spotlight on corruption in the European Union's smallest nation. A fourth person, multimillionaire businessman Yorgen Fenech who had high-level political connections, is suspected of having

Caruana Galizia, 53, was a leading anti-corruption journalist from Malta who was killed in a car bombing near her home in 2017. Her family say she was "assassinated" because of her work uncovering alleged corruption in the Maltese government.

"A person who has admitted his involvement in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia has denied her

her right to life and has denied her her right to enjoy her family, including her grandchildren who were born after she was killed," said the lawyer representing Caruana Galizia's family in court, according to a statement released by the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation.

"The family expresses the hope that this step will begin to lead to full justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia."

In 2016, Caruana Galizia broke a story about a string of secret Panama-based companies tied to Maltese politicians on her blog, including allegations of corruption against the wife of Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat (no relation to Vincent Muscat). The couple have denied the allegations.

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