Malta Car Bomb Kills Panama Papers Journalist

Daphne Caruana Galizia, famed Malta Investigative Journalist, who was leading the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta, was murdered by car bomb on Oct 16, 2017.

Known as a “One Woman Wikileaks”, her recent revelations (from information disclosed in the Panama Papers) implicated the current Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, his wife, and two of his cronies in offshore tax evasion and money laundering. Malta Nationalist Party Leader Adria Delia claimed the killing was a “Political Murder.”

In April 2016, the Panama Papers were published after being obtained by German Newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and shared with the world wide media by Washington DC based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Over the last two years, Daphne Galizia’s reporting focused on revelations found in the Panama Papers which was a huge cache of 11.5 million documents leaked from the internal data base of the world’s fourth largest offshore law firm, Panama based law firm, Mossack Fonseca.

Daphne Galizia’s “targets” included:

1) Muscat, his wife, his Energy Minister, his Govt. Chief of Staff, who were the actual owners of the anonymous shell companies set up in Panama by Mossack Fonseca. These shell companies apparently received proceeds from the sale of Malta passports, payments from the government of Azerbaijan (thru the President’s daughter).

2) Banks that launder illegal funds;

3) Links between Malta on-line gambling and the Mafia.

As of October 2017, the Panama Papers have lead to investigations that have forced the resignations of political leaders in Iceland, Pakistan with scandals brewing in Argentina, Brazil and major South American countries caught up in the ongoing scandal.

Daphne Galizia was the first murder. However, she was one of many courageous journalists worldwide pursuing the trillions of dollars in undisclosed offshore assets, unreported earnings held in shell companies offshore for the world’s wealthiest people including politicians, celebrities, business leaders entwined with drug dealers, arms traffickers, slave traders, and terrorist financing.

Where do the revelations lead? Will the Panama Papers umask the criminal behavior of those who engage in tax evasion, money laundering and other crimes while bankrupting their countries by depriving them of much needed tax revenue necessary to fund their national needs? Only time will tell.

Please see full article in The Guardian

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