Malta arrests 8 over alleged plot against killed journalist

Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who reported on alleged corruption in Malta was killed in October

An ambulance and police vehicles are parked along the road where a auto bomb exploded killing investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, in the town of Mosta, Malta.

Eight people were arrested during a police operation following the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced at a press conference Monday.

Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed when a auto bomb detonated just yards from her home in October.

Europol, the European Union's police agency, sent a team of organized crime experts to help Maltese police investigate the assassination, joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Dutch forensic experts.

Investigators now have 48 hours to seek charges against them.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that the suspects, all Maltese citizens, were arrested Monday morning due to a "reasonable suspicion" of their involvement in Panama Papers writer Caruana Galizia's slaying in a vehicle bomb attack.

Caruana Galizia accused senior figures in both government and opposition of corruption and money laundering.

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Muscat said earlier the suspects had been trailed for some time before the arrests were made.

Nor would he comment on the suspected motive, saying he did not want to go into any detail for fear of prejudicing a potential trial.

Her sons had denounced the reward as a publicity stunt and called on Muscat to resign over the failings in the police and judiciary that contributed to their mother's death and his attempts to silence her through legal suits when she was still alive.

She died in the blast that wrecked her auto as she was leaving her house, throwing debris and body parts into a nearby field.

"There are crooks everywhere you look now".

She is survived by her lawyer husband, Peter, and three sons.

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