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Murdered Web-Journalist Daphne's Sons to EF: -We Want Justice! => EU/CoE Cooperation on Enquiry Gaps

Pisac ACM
22. 01. 2018.
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- It's thanks to her Critical, Investigative Journalism, and the Independence that gave her a WebNews Site, Free from Censorship which, Otherwise, used to hit her Traditional Weekly Newspaper Articles, too often Affected by Threats to Reduce or Stop Paid Publicity by a Corrupted Establishment, that Murdered Web Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia had managed to become probably the Last Real Independent Check for a Controversial Government in Malta, her 3 Sons told "Eurofora", after a Special Event with Medias and MEPs at CoE's PanEuropean Assembly in Strasbourg Today.


 - "What we Want is Justice, for our Mother's Murder, Not Money ! That's why the Urgency is to make Now an Efficient and Transparent Investigation in order to Find and Punish those who instigated and carried out such a Brutal Murder in broad DayLigt at an EU Member Country as Malta, told us in substance the Victim's Elder Son, Mathew (born on 1986 : By a Coincidence, exactly as "Eurofora" Co-Founder's own Son !). That's why an eventual Condamnation by the ECHR won't be enough, since usually it arrives Late, and most of the times consists, in Fact, mainly at a Payment of a "Just Satisfaction", which is Not what we want : It's European/International Pressure Now for a Real, Independent Investigation that is Urgent, he stressed.


 - "It's a Crime, Not a mere "Tragedy !", they sharply cried, slaming an obvious fan of the Criticized Regime in Malta, who had Claimed, on the Contrary, that .. "every stone was unearthed  (sic !) by the Suspected Government's Officials, in order to shed Light to the Deadly events...


=> In Consequence, a practical EU/CoE+ Cooperation seems Possible and Necessary, particularly after new EU Parliament's President Antonio Tajani (former LongTime EU Commissioner) recently declared to "Eurofora" his "Readiness" to Help do so, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euparliamentpresidentoncoeandjournalistmurder.html), while, Nowadays, the Experienced vice-President of CoE Assembly's Human Rights Committee, Pieter Omtzigt, a mainstream MEP from the Netherlands, and CoE Assembly's Secretary General, Wojciech Sawicki from Poland, replying to relevant "Eurofora"s Questions, have Both reacted Positively in this Direction, (See also Infra), while More than 14 Important NGOs on Press Freedom, (including, f.ex., CPJ, EFJ, RSF, etc), have already Declared their Support for an Internationaly-Monitored Investigation on that Brutal Murder, signing for Today's CoE Event.


+ A Fortiori, when Not even a proper Investigation on various  "Threats" that the Victim had Faced shortly Before being Murdered, has Not yet become Visible at all, as it results from the Facts cited by the Investigative Web-Journalist Daphne Caruana-Galizia's 3 Sons, Mathew, Andrew and Paul, Replying to "Eurofora"s Questions during and after the Special Event organized  on the sidelines of the PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law's Plenary Session of Winter 2018, this Afternoon in Stasbourg, (See f.ex. Infra)...


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Among others, f.ex. :


- "It seems that there is No Chance for Justice by our National Institutions", Mathew Caruana Galizia, speaking on behalf of all 3 Sons of the Victim, Denounced from the outset.


 - F.ex., even EU's "1 Minute Silence", paying Homage to the Victim, was Not Broadcasted in Malta, perpetuating there a "Dangerous Environment" where Law Enforcement Authorities have been Captured, politically, by the Executive part of the Government, Mathew criticized.


- "Our Mother was Simply doing her Duty as Investigative Journalist, But she was a Lone Voice. She spoke for Hundreds of Thousands of People, but she was Isolated", he described.


=> Thus, "She was Targetted and Harassed before her Assassination, simply for what she Wrote".


>>> And "the (Public) Institutions not only Failed to Protect her, but they even took part in her Harassment : There were Key Members of the Government, and of the Police Force, going out for her", he denounced.


+ In Addition, "F.ex. Our House was set on Fire Twice. Several of our Pet Dogs were Killed, (etc)...  And at the "Last Year" of her Life, she was at the Receiving end of no less than ...47 Law Suits, for what she wrote. 9 or 10 Libell Law suits, used only in order to get after her. She also Faced 5 Criminal Defamation procedures, which means that the Police was Persecuting her, adding also to Financial and Psychological Harassment and Hate, our Family being Targetted by various Vexations and countless Harassments, provoking a Dangerous Environment in which occured her Brutal Murder (by a Car Bomb Explosion, near her Family Home, where her Son Mathew saw her Disappear, while his Mother's "Body Parts" were falling around him, as he described the Horror).

 

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 - "On the Investigation, normally, we (Family of the Victim) should Know what happened. But, the Reality is that we are Completely Shut out !  We find out about oue Mother's Murder Invstigation only by Press Reports, Leaks from Officials, or Prime Ministers' declarations...


 - "When someone proposed an Independent Panel of Enquiry, composed by Retired Judges, that was Shot Down by the Parliament", (where the Governing Party holds a Majority). + "We found out that the Head of the Police Unit Investigating our Mother's Murder, was personaly linked to someone against whom our Mother had Investigated as a Journalist. He was Married to a Senior Cabinet Minister, and related to Suppression of Reports about Money Laundering by Government Officials. So, the Family is Fighting a Legal Move to Replace that Officer, against which the (Socialist) Government is Fighting Back".


==> "Investigation is in Serious Breach of Fundamental Human Rights, according to ECHR's standards (as also a reknown Lawyers' Office acknowledged recently). No way to declare it "Independent" or "Impartial". "It's Failing to Secure Evidence", etc.    


 - "The Greatest Problem we face as Victim's Family, is that we DoN't have Domestic Remedies (able) to Change the Course of Investigations", he denounced. We have Nothing to Ensure that Police would operate withOut Political Interferences. We have No InSight in this Investigation. We dont' have a Mechanism to Seriously Examine, inter alia, All those Issues, and Find out what happened".


=> That's why, "Today, we Ask your Help : F.ex. to Sign a Motion for the Nomination of a Special Rapporteur, to supervise the Investigation, concluded the Victim's Sons Appeal to PACE's MEPs, at Today's Event, sponsored by representatives from the 3 Biggest Political Groups, (Pieter Omtzigt, from the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Frank Schwabe, from the Socialists, and Anne Brasseur, from the LIberals).


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In this Context, "Eurofora" Raised 2 Different, but Converging Questions, during tha CoE's Event :


* (A) EU Parliament's President, Antonio Tajani, in Addition to his other relevant Statements, also Told "Eurofora" that he would Like to Cooperate with the CoE, f.ex. in Parallel, to Help the Investigations of this Murder. What can be done, in this regard, as a Standard-Setting move, for Other such Cases too ?", we asked, at First, MEP Omtzigt, Experienced vice-President of PACE's Human Rights Committee.  


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* (B) "There were some Informations that, Shortly Before the Murder, some kind of Threats had appeared recently. Do you know if there Might be something Interesting for the Investigation there ?", "Eurofora" also asked Daphne's Sons.


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Omtzigt Replied sharply :


 - "On the 1st Question : We (EU and CoE) Always Cooperate with Each-Other, f.ex. it Happened with the CIA (Reddition Flights, Massive Surveillance, etc), the Experienced MEP reminded, as a matter of General Principle.


 -  "Of course, we don't have a formal Common Mechanism, Both for EU Parliament and CoE's Assembly, but we always Cooperate", he confirmed.  
 + "By the way, it would be Helpful if the EU would live up to the Lisbon Treaty, and finally Accede to the CoE, (i.e., practically, to the PanEuropean Convention for Human Rights), Omzigt suggested.    

     
 - At any case, most in "EU Parliament were very Positive, (about the Need for International Monitoring on the Investigation of Daphne's Murder), and felt that "something Appalling Wrong" had happened in Malta, he attested.        

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+ On the 2nd Question raised by "Eurofora" (Comp. Supra), the initial Replies came from Daphne's Eldest and Youngest Sons, Mathew and Paul :

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 - "About Threats that my Mother Received : These were well Documented", Mathew observed.


 - In particular, "She complained several times about those Harassing her. We all Know Who they are", he stressed.


 - "F.ex. It's No Secret for the Economy Minister", and/or "one of the Governing Party's Financial Backers", "the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff, and that one of the Biggest Goverment supporters, who were Selling Maltese Passports", (etc).


+ Recently, "there were even anonymous Sources coming among the Police in Malta. But when it was Published, the Police immediately Denied it, saying that there was No Report in our Mother's Local Police Station". However, "There isN't still a Clear Answer, Whether they Verified that Report, or Not", he critically observed.


 - "The Reality is, that by the End of her Life, she hadn't given up Fighting, Despite Death Threats, which were Repeated", resulting in a "Dangerous" situation, also "By the Lack of Police Action against her Main Harassers".


+ The Fact that the Police was so Quick to Deny, and Classify even Police Reports, is also Evidence that the Police is Interested in Exonerating itself, from any kind of Responsibility. For us, there is a Clear case for that"


>>> - Indeed, "Our Mother was visibly Threatened. Visibly Under Pressure. Visibly Isolated. Everyone could See this !"


++ "After the Change in Administration of 2013, ... Police Present in our Mother's Neighbourhood was Relaxed. ... The Excuse was that <<the Police didn't want to intrude in her Privacy>>" (sic !).


 - "But, there are Ways of providing Police Protection, withOut Intruding in someone's Privacy", Mathew objected.


 - "One of these ways, which might be effective, is to Prosecute Criminals"... "Another of these ways is to try to Follow People who make Bombs, and plant Bombs. In Malta, there have been several Car Bombs in the Last Few Years", probably by "Organized Crime"... None of these Car Bombs have been Solved" yet, and Noone has been yet found", he denounced, pointing at a Wider Scandal.


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 - "From EU Parliament, MEPs have interviewed a (Maltese) Police Commissioner, and one of them Asked, directly, whether Effective Police Protection was provided".


 - "The Police Commissioner said: - "No. Because they would have found it Intrusive" (sic !)...


- "This is on a Report, that I really Encourage you to Read", added Paul, also in Reply to "Eurofora"s above-mentioned Question, Comp. Supra).


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+ In such Conditions, a Claim often repeated by fans of the Socialist Maltese Government of controversial Prime Minister Muscat, (whose entourage was a notorious target of Anti-Corruption Enquiries and Denonciations by the Murdered Journalist), that National Police would have asked to use also ... "FBI"s (sic)  Help in order to Investigate that Brutal Murder, - as, indeed, a fan of that regime (rapidly UnMasked by the Sons of Daphne) did during Today's CoE's Debate - is Not at all Enough in order to appear Convincing...


Particularly given also the considerable Erosion of Trust to FBI even inside the USA, Nowadays, where Many People Criticize it for pushing Too Much the so-called Anti-Trump Investigations for alleged "Collusion" with Rusian Attempts to Interfere in the 2016 US Presidential Elections, but, on the Contrary, to be Too Lenient vis a vis Hillary Clinton (the former "Socialist" Candidate) and former President Barack Hussein Obama, etc., to the point to have reached an all times Low in Credibility, as part of what American People often Denounce Nowadays as a Politically Motivated "Witch-Hunt" by un untrustworthy "Deep State", (Comp., f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/journalistgreenwaldfortrumpondeepstate.html).


 - A Fortiori when Mr. Muscat has been notoriously, strongly Criticized and ridiculed by Dissidents, (as, precisely, that Murdered Journalist herself, and her supporters), just a few Weeks Before that Brutal Killing of October 2017, for having made a Failed Attempt to ... Imitate Hillary Clinton's camp in the USA, by Claiming, also himself, (since a memorable Press Conference during Summer 2017), that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have attempted to Interfere even inside the Maltese National Elections of 2016 !...

+ In this Similar Direction, an even more Recent Attempt to "Discredit" a Whistleblower Maria Efimova in Malta, (almost, mutatis-mutatis, as ... lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in the USA...) by unearthing, (after a previous failed attempt to "Blame Putin" politically), at the Last Minute, Many Years After the Alleged Facts, a Controversial and UnRelated Claim Against her, Obliging Authorities in Cyprus to reportedly issue a "Warrant" for a Private Company (reportedly dealing also with some Azeri personalities) claims against her, (Largely commented by the Medias this Week), was also Criticized by the Murdered Journalist's 2nd Son, Andrew, himself a Journalist, speaking to "Eurofora" and other Medias, inside the CoE in Strasbourg.

 

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That latest move is related with an Affair about a "Pilatus (Private) Bank" set up in Malta (and later in London) by an Iranian Businessman, who got "Citizenship" at St. Kitts and Nevis islands, Seyed Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, on whose suspected activities the Murdered Journalist had notoriously written several Articles in the recent Past, and which seems to be related with several possible "Links" around the current Regime in Malta, as Daphne's Sons confirmed to "Eurofora".



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>>> - At any case, "What We are Asking for, is Not just an eventual ECHR Judgement, a Long Time Later, which might just condemn this Government to Pay some Money : Because "We do NOT Want Money. We Want an Efficient Investigation on the Murder of our Mother, in order to Find the Truth and for Justice to be done" !", clearly and strongly stressed to "Eurofora" Daphne's 1st Son, Mathew.

 
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=> For that Purpose, a Draft "Motion" has already Started to Circulate inside COE's Assembly, in order to be Signed and Published asap, Later this Week in Strasbourg, Experienced Top MEP Pieter Omtzigt confirmed.

Omtzigt was Holding in his Hands the precious White Paper, where he Hoped to Attract the Maximum possible of his collegues PACE MEPs' Signatures, this Week in Strasbourg.

 

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A crucial piece of Paper, like the Leaf of a Bay Laurel Tree : a Mythic "Daphne" in Ancient Greek, from where Originated the Name of Daphne Caruana Galizia, as her Youngest Son, Paul, confirmed to "Eurofora".


Events had Obliged her to Drop the Classic White Leaf of Paper, since her Traditional Newspaper faced too often Pressure for "Censorship", mainly through Establishment's Paid "Publicity" Monguls, who could Threaten to Reduce or even Stop Funding, unless they were obeyed.


=> Therefore,  Daphne, in order to be Free as a Critical/Investigative Journalist, had to Change her Media, and Drop the Leaf of Paper, for a Leaf of Light :


- i.e. the Internet, with her WebNews Site, where the 30-Years practicing Journalist used to Write and Publish her "Hotter" Articles, as Paul told us...


- But, what a Surprise : The Murdered Maltese Journalist's Youngest Son, a Student of London's School of Economics, knew well the Ancient "Greek Mythology" from which had Originated his Mother's Name !


- "Daphne was a Nymph ... chassed by (the God of Light) Apollo, who turned herself into a Bay Laurel Tree", in order "TO DEFEND Herself", Paul symbolically explained by Writting, in "Eurofora"s NoteBook.

 

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=> Nowadays, "the Leaf of a Bay Laurel Tree, has Become a Symbol  of Daphne Caruana  Galizia" too, the Handwritten Note of the Youngest Son of the Brutally Murdered, Independent-Minded, Brave Critical Web Journalist, concluded, in a Emotional but Rightful move...

 

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http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/wejournalistmurder.html

 

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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )


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