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EU lawmakers urge stricter oversight of Malta after killing of journalist

From Reuters - November 10, 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers called on Friday for stricter EU supervision of Maltas application of the blocs rules on money laundering and basic rights, stepping up pressure after the assassination of an investigative journalist on the island.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, who had denounced high-profile corruption and accused the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of wrongdoing, was killed on Oct. 16 by a bomb that tore through her car.

An investigation is under way and Muscat has promised that everything will be done to find the killers.

Next week the EU parliament will vote on a resolution on the rule of law in Malta. The text is currently under discussion among political groupings.

The assemblys spokeswoman told a news conference on Friday there were growing concerns about restriction of liberties, civil liberties and corruption on the Mediterranean island.

At the same news conference, the conservative group, the largest in the EU parliament, called on the EU commission to urgently step up its monitoring of Malta.

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