Maltese police have arrested 10 suspects in the murder of anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia, the country's prime minister said on Monday, nearly two months after she was killed when her auto was blown up. The government subsequently tweeting that two more suspects were in police custody.
Under Maltese law, they can be interrogated for 48 hours before a decision on whether to prosecute them has to be made.
The detained - who are all Maltese nationals - were arrested during a raid Monday morning by "police and armed forces of Malta", according to local media.
Galizia's death prompted a series of demonstrations on the island, with many on the island nation criticizing the ruling class for not doing enough to catch her killers.
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In October, a local police source said investigators believed powerful Semtex explosives might have been used in the killing, adding that if proven, it would be a first for Malta.
He continued that the FBI, Europol, and forensic experts from the Netherlands had contributed to the operation, alongside Maltese officials.
Caruana Galizia accused senior figures in both government and opposition of corruption and money laundering.
She said documents in a small Malta-based bank showed that Muscat's wife was the beneficial owner of a company in Panama, and that large sums of money had been moved between the company and bank accounts in Azerbaijan.
In another entry a year ago, she wrote: 'Malta's public life is afflicted with dangerously unstable men with no principles or scruples'. It gave no further information.