Deputy Police Commissioner Silvio Valletta in court today confirmed the investigations into the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia are still underway. He agreed with lawyer Jason Azzopardi, appearing for the Caruana Galizia family, that the three persons accused of homicide are the executors of the crime but the search for those who commissioned it is still underway.
The family has asked Deputy Commissioner Valletta to step out of the investigations into the homicide in view of his political exposure. His wife is a government minister.
He has acknowledged his political exposure in his responses today.
The Deputy Commissioner also confirmed that other politically exposed persons are not ruled out of the investigations currently underway.
This is the conflict the Caruana Galizia family contend makes it impossible for the police to conduct their investigations in the best manner possible given they are being led by a chief investigator with a direct interest in the findings.
The family argue that this continued state of affairs is a breach of their human rights. This contention has been backed up by legal advice obtained by the family from UK experts on the European Convention on Human Rights.