Malta auto bomb: 8 arrested over murder of blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia

Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announces the first arrests in the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

Eight Maltese citizens were arrested because of "reasonable suspicion" for their involvement in Caruana Galizia's killing, Muscat told reporters at a news conference.

Caruana Galizia, whose reporting focused heavily on corruption on the European Union island nation, was killed when a bomb destroyed her vehicle as she was driving near her home.

Explaining the reason for staying tight-lipped, Muscat cited concerns that divulging information could compromise the prosecutions.

Malta's police force called in experts from across the world to help them solve the crime, including from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

She also wrote about Maltese links to the so-called Panama Papers leaks about offshore financial havens.

On her Running Commentary blog, Caruana Galizia had relentlessly reported on alleged corruption among politicians across party lines.

'I will not rest until I see justice done in this case. The European Commission has called on Malta to get to the bottom of the crime. Caruana Galizia made plain she didn't trust the island's police or judiciary to adequately investigate numerous wrongdoings she alleged.

'The only remedy for anyone who felt slandered was through the courts'.

Muscat was often criticised by Caruana Galizia, who he has described as his "greatest adversary".

She said documents in a small Malta-based bank showed that Muscat's wife was the beneficial owner of a company in Panama, and that large sums of money had been moved between the company and bank accounts in Azerbaijan.

Forensic experts walk in a field after a powerful bomb blew up Galizia's vehicle. It reads, "We will not be silenced".

They have all denied the accusations and she had been hit with 36 libel suits in the nine months preceding her death. Muscat ultimately won that election and with it, a second term.

Half an hour before the explosion tore into her vehicle, Galizia wrote on her blog: "There are crooks everywhere you look now".

"On Monday, her family reacted angrily to how the arrests were announced - saying police should have informed the family, not Muscat first - and reiterating in a statement their uncertainty if justice will be carried out, despite the prime minister's public insistence earlier in the day that all would be done to solve the case". It gave no further information.

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