Written question – Investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia – E-000024/2018

On 16 October, investigative journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb attack in Malta. Among other things, she had researched the smuggling of oil and diesel between Libya and Malta, which also involves Italian organised crime.

Over the past 12 months a criminal organisation is said to have smuggled more than 80 million kilos of diesel fuel worth EUR 30 million from the Zawiya refinery to European markets.

How are the European Union and its agencies involved in investigating the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta (for example, by tracing the financial transactions of suspects or deciphering communications data) and with which other European or US authorities are they working?

What investigative teams or departments are investigating with Europol the smuggling of oil products from Libya, and what is does the police agency know about the existence of a smuggling network between Libya and Malta, which also reportedly involves Italian organised crime?

Which Libyan militias are operating as a ‘Petroleum Facilities Guard’ and Coast Guard in Zawiya, whence over EUR 30 million worth of petrol has reportedly been smuggled to European markets over the past 12 months?

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