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Maltese government issues €1 million reward for information on Caruana Galizia assassination

Maltese government offers €1 million reward for information leading to the identification of those responsible for Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder

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Matthew Vella
21 October 2017, 4:30pm
Daphne Caruana Galizia at the Politico awards in 2017
Daphne Caruana Galizia at the Politico awards in 2017
The Maltese government has issued a €1 million reward for information leading to the identification of those responsible for Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder.

The government said in a statement that it was fully committed to solving the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia and bringing those responsible to justice. 

"This is a case of extraordinary importance and requires extraordinary measures—and justice must be done, whatever the cost. In an unprecedented measure, the government is offering a €1 million reward to anyone who can give the Police information leading to the identification of the person or persons responsible for this murder," the government said in a statement.

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Whoever comes forward with information will be given full protection when testifying under oath in front of an Inquiring Magistrate, and in all subsequent stages of the criminal procedures.

Information can also be passed to the Police confidentially, and still be eligible for the reward, as long as this information is corraborated with other independent evidence which would lead to the identification of the person or persons who committed this act.

It will not be the government to decide on whether the information or testimony is sufficient, credibile or complete. Instead, the point of reference will be the Magisterial Inquiry Report which is an act of the independent judicial authority.

Whoever wants to come forward with information can phone  22942008 or email [email protected].

The government said that informants can also make use of the Whistleblower’s Act and other ancillary amendments which were passed during the previous legislature by anyone who, despite his or her involvement, intends to collaborate with the Police in order to identify the culprit.

Reward conditions

The Government is offering a €1 million reward to any person or persons who provide the Police with concrete information which could lead to the identification of those responsible for the homicide of Daphne Caruana Galizia - whether murderer or accomplice - which happened on 16th October 2017.

This offer is made with the condition that whomever provides information will have to tell the truth and the whole truth, testifying under oath about everything they know about this homicide in front of the Inquiring Magistrate and during all the stages of the criminal procedures.

A person with information about the homicide, who is not willing to testify in order to keep their identity confidential, may pass the information to the Police and still qualify for the reward. However, for this to happen, it must result from the report of the Magisterial Inquiry that the information has concretely and factually led to the identification of those who should respond to the accusation about the homicide. And that this information can be confirmed to be genuine on the basis of other independent proof.

The payment of the reward will be based solely on whether the report of the Magisterial Inquiry states the testimony, or the information given, was credible and led to the identification of those who have to respond to the accusation about the homicide. 

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Matthew Vella is executive editor at MaltaToday.