On the third anniversary of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, information has surfaced that may give investigators leads in their investigation into the massive corruption scheme that most likely ordered her death. A Swiss newspaper has identified two offshore companies that reportedly paid money into 17 Black, which is alleged to be a clearinghouse for the distribution and payment of bribes and kickbacks to senior officials in the Government of the Republic of Malta, and which Daphne outed before her death. That entity has been linked to former Maltese government officials Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri. The two companies, CROWBAR HOLDINGS SA and SOCAR TRADING SA, were apparently known to Maltese law enforcement agencies, which has repeatedly refused to publicly name them.
The information appeared today in the Swiss-German newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, more commonly known as TA, which is published daily in Zurich. While the criminal investigation into Daphne's murder is proceeding, many legal observers believe that the senior government officials who were involved in plotting her murder will never be charged in Malta, or if charged, never enter a prison cell, due to the systemic corruption that infects all aspects of government, including the judiciary, whether those officials will nevertheless face justice in an American or British courtroom is another story.
The existence of multiple law enforcement investigations, but within several countries of the EU, and outside it, involving money laundering, corruption, and even terrorist financing may guarantee that, even if those senior officials in Malta are never charged with murder at home, they will pay the price abroad for their sins and transgressions. While Malta's corrupt court system may allow them to cheat justice in Valletta, they will be serving their penance in a foreign prison, during what should be an extended period.