VALLETTA (Reuters) – A Maltese magistrate on Wednesday refused bail to three men accused of murdering Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia last year, saying they could flee and their release would upset the public.
“The way the murder was committed was very disturbing and bore a close resemblance to a mafia execution. Therefore the court feels it should protect society from the disturbance which granting bail would create,” Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit said in her decreed denying bail.
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“The victim was not an ordinary individual, she was a journalist, and therefore her murder can be interpreted as an attack on freedom of expression, which is one of the pillars of our society,” she said.
Alfred Degiorgio, his brother George Degiorgio, and Vince Muscat were arrested at the end of last year and accused of the October 2017 car-bomb assassination, though police have said they suspect the murder was ordered by someone else.
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