The Daphne murder is not the only lethal Maltese crime committed against a journalist. The murder of the British investigative journalist Barry Randall, believed to have died after exposure to lethal Polonium, on a trip to Montenegro, remains unsolved. Randall, whose website specialized in reporting on corruption, was reportedly acting upon a tip supplied by Daphne Caruana Galizia, before she was assassinated by a car bomb in Malta.
Randall, who refused to disclose any details of his mysterious trip to Montenegro to associates and friends, is known to have been consulting with Daphne. In fact, some of his queries resulted in a threat letter sent to him by the known Chinese agent, Shiv Shankaran Nair. We previously published that letter on this blog.
Additionally, the subsequent arrest and detention of a known Maltese Mafia figure, who entered the country carrying Polonium, a rare and expensive way to kill a victim, supports the theory that Mr. Randall was targeted because of the subject matter he was apparently investigating, corruption surrounding the Montenegro Wind Farm project. According to his associates, he literally disappeared from view whilst inside Montenegro, only to magically reappear at Heathrow Airport in London. His health following his return to the United States, where he was based, was peculiar and troubling.
There is a pending investigation into his death, in the UK, but we are unable to learn of its status, and whether any progress has been achieved. It is also noteworthy that the Maltese media, elements of which have been accused of self-censoring any stories that reflect negatively upon the ruling Labour Party, have failed to mention the Randall case.
We trust that Malta's recent public demands for the truth about the Muscat government will ultimately result in justice being served for Barry Randall.