A crowd of angry protesters gathered outside Maltese parliament calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat after a man suspected of being the middleman in the murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia had been granted a presidential pardon, according to police sources.
Banging saucepans and shouting “out out!” the protesters demanded Muscat and his chief of staff Keith Schembri stepped down.
The pardoning of the middleman indicated that investigators believe the man, named as Melvin Theuma, has given them solid evidence they can use in court to try to convict the person who ordered the killing.
Galizia, one of Malta’s best-known investigative journalists, was blown up as she left her home on Oct. 16, 2017. Police detained Yorgen Fenech, a prominent businessman regarded as a person of interest in the case. He has also asked for a pardon in return for information on the case.