Caruana Galizia murder: Son lays blame at Labour government's feet

Matthew Caruana Galizia says the state and organised crime have become “indistinguishable” and the war against them claimed his mother’s life. He also describes the horrific scene moments after the car bomb exploded

Matthew Caruana Galizia
Matthew Caruana Galizia

Matthew Caruana Galizia says his mother's murder was not a tragic happening but the result of a war against organised crime.

In a graphic Facebook post describing what he saw moments after his mother’s car was blown up just outside the family house in Bidnija, Matthew Caruana Galizia said his mother was assassinated because she stood between the rule of law and those who sought to violate it.

“I am never going to forget, running around the inferno in the field, trying to figure out a way to open the door, the horn of the car still blaring, screaming at two policemen who turned up with a single fire extinguisher to use it,” Caruana Galizia wrote, adding that his mother’s body parts were all around him.

Matthew Caruana Galizia, who works with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that broke the Panama Papers story, was at home when the explosion happened and was the first person on site.

“I am sorry for being graphic, but this is what war looks like, and you need to know. This was no ordinary murder and it was not tragic…  We are a people at war against the state and organised crime, which have become indistinguishable,” he said, hitting out at “that clown of a Prime Minister” for allowing a culture of impunity to flourish.


Matthew Caruana Galizia said Malta had become “a mafia state” and that the Prime Minister’s pledge to get to the bottom of the murder provided little comfort.

“First he filled his office with crooks, then he filled the police with crooks and imbeciles, then he filled the courts with crooks and incompetents. If the institutions were already working, there would be no assassination to investigate - and my brothers and I would still have a mother,” Matthew Caruana Galizia said.

He closed his piece laying the blame squarely on the shoulders of Joseph Muscat, Keith Schembri, Chris Cardona, Konrad Mizzi, the Attorney General and the police commissioners “who took no action”. Accusing them of complicity, Matthew Caruana Galizia said they were “responsible for this”.

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