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[WATCH] Caruana Galizia assassination: Ten arrested, Malta prime minister holds press conference

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announces the arrest of eight Maltese individuals in conjunction with the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia • Police searches underway in Marsa, Bugibba and other localities

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Matthew Vella
4 December 2017, 9:35am
Last updated on 4 December 2017, 2:23pm
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
Eight Maltese people have been arrested this morning in conjunction with the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced this morning.

In a press briefing at Castille, Muscat said that the eight had been arrested in a joint operation in Marsa between the police, the security services and the Armed Forces of Malta. The police have 48 hours to interrogate them before deciding whether to arraign them or free them, he said.

At 11am the Government took to twitter to announce the arrest of an additional two individuals, bringing the total to 10 people arrested.

Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Heightened police and army activity in the Marsa harbour area
Caruana Galizia was killed on Monday, 16 October, when her car blew up in Bidnija at around 3pm. Police investigators brought in forensic teams from the FBI and their Dutch counterparts to assist in scene-of-crime analysis.

Armed police searching the properties in Marsa
Armed police searching the properties in Marsa
Armed police searching the properties in Marsa
Armed police searching the properties in Marsa
Armed police searching the properties in Marsa
Armed police searching the properties in Marsa
Armed police searching the properties in Marsa
Armed police searching the properties in Marsa
The Marsa Menqa area had been sealed off in the early hours of Monday, with AFM maritime squadron and aerial units providing support on site.

Muscat said that some of the eight were already known to the police, while the rest had prior criminal records. When asked if the eight arrested had participated in the murder, or if they also included the mastermind, Muscat would not comment. Maltatoday is informed that those known to the police were prominent figures in the local crime scene.

"I have a clear idea of what they did and who they are, but I cannot give out more details at this time," he said. "Let us not forget that, in the past, such statements by a prime minister had been used in the accused's defence."

Police searches were currently underway in other localities, including Bugibba and Zebbug.

Muscat said investigations were still ongoing and reiterated the government's commitment to ensure no stone remained unturned in an effort to bring to justice all those responsible for Caruana Galizia's murder.

He thanked all Maltese forces involved in the investigation and the arrests, as well as the US FBI, Interpol and FInland's National Bureau of Investigation.

Magistrate Anthony Vella is leading the inquiry into the murder.




In a statement, the Nationalist Party said it was following closely the news of the arrests and praised the efforts of the police, security services, AFM and foreign counterparts who assisted in the investigation. It said it felt it was in the best national interest that it not comment further these 48 hours, which could be crucial in the investigation.

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Matthew Vella is executive editor at MaltaToday.