Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), who is preparing a report for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the rule of law in Malta, has been authorised by PACE’s Legal Affairs Committee to receive information from anonymous sources and to protect the identity of anyone who provides such information.
In an introductory memorandum, declassified by the committee yesterday, the rapporteur said a preliminary overview of the case raised “many issues concerning the rule of law in Malta, the progress made in investigating the murder, and the attitude and behaviour of certain senior public officials”.
He said he would proceed with his report on the basis of three working assumptions:
- that the murder was “planned and premeditated long in advance”;
- that the persons ultimately responsible for Caruana Galizia’s death “were motivated by her investigative work”;
- that the “three arrested suspects were most likely acting under instructions”.
Mr Omtzigt added there was little to suggest the three arrested suspects had any personal motive to kill the journalist, since they had not been the subject of her investigations: “This implies that ultimate responsibility for her assassination lies with another person or persons.”
The rapporteur said he intended to organise a hearing to “hear first-hand from experts in different fields” about the investigation and the murder, as well as to visit Malta to speak to the authorities and other relevant interlocutors.