Murdered Panama Papers Journalist’s Son Attacks Malta’s ‘Crooks’

The son of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Panama Papers journalist who was killed in a car bomb Monday, condemned the “culture of impunity” in Malta and the “crooks” he said are in charge. “My mother was assassinated because she stood between the rule of law and those who sought to violate it, like many strong journalists,” Matthew Caruana Galizia wrote in a Facebook post. “This is what happens when the institutions of the state are incapacitated: The last person left standing is often a journalist.” Caruana Galizia lashed out at Malta’s prime minister, who he said “filled his office with crooks, then the police with crooks and imbeciles, then the courts with crooks and incompetents. If the institutions were already working, there would be no assassination to investigate—and my brothers and I would still have a mother.”