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10 people arrested after journalist who exposed Panama papers corruption killed in car bomb

jon Stone Europe Correspondent

Maltese police have arrested ten suspects in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, prime minister Joseph Muscat has announced, almost two months after her car was blown up in an apparent targeted assassination.

All of those arrested are Maltese nationals and most have a criminal record, the PM said at a press conference on Monday morning. The police have 48 hours to question the suspects, arraign them or release them.

Eight of the arrests arrests were initially announced by the PM at the press conference, with a further two coming shortly afterwards.

“As I stated as soon as I learnt about this barbaric act, we will leave no stone unturned to get this case solved. I am committed to do so more than ever”, the Prime Minister said.

The spate of arrests comes just days after a European Parliament delegation from Brussels visited the island EU member state and warned that rule of law was failing there, with authorities showing a “high degree of unwillingness to investigate”.

Caruana Galizia, 53, was murdered on 16 October. Her popular blog relentlessly highlighted cases of alleged high-level corruption targeting politicians from across party lines, including around the Panama Papers tax scandal.

Her killing has sparked protests on the island, with thousands marching against what some called the “Mafia state”.

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