Daphne Caruana Galizia: We knew establishment was out to get her family
Murdered investigative journalists sons tell of attempts on their mothers life, and why they blame a takedown of the rule of law in Malta for her death
Looking back, they had known perhaps for a long time that it might end like this. With hindsight, says Matthew Caruana Galizia , red-eyed from emotion and lack of sleep, it seems obvious. This wasnt an aberration, he says. It was a culmination.
The air in the family home in the hamlet of Bidnija, half an hours drive from the Maltese capital, Valletta, is thick with grief and quiet anger. Police guard the entrance to the gravel driveway and the cast-iron gates in front of the house.
Matthew, his brothers Andrew and Paul, and their aunt Corinne sit on the sofa and a couple of old armchairs around a large, low table filled with empty coffee cups. It is a warm, comfortable, lived-in room; on another day, you might admire the view.
But outside, down the hill a few hundred yards away and just visible from the end of the drive, a blue and white marquee stands in the middle of a field. Figures in white overalls comb the ground around it; the road beside it is closed to traffic and lined with police cars and vans.
The marquee covers the remains of the Peugeot in which the brothers mother and Corinnes sister, the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, was killed on Monday afternoon in an explosion so powerful that it blew the car, in pieces, into the field.
I was sitting at the table there, said Matthew, himself a Pulitzer prizewinning investigative journalist. I heard the explosion; the windows rattled, the whole house vibrated. I knew she was dead before I got up from my chair.
Daphne Caruana Galizia had made many enemies in the 30 years since she first began skewering alleged high-level corruption in Maltas political, business and criminal elites often, she would argue, one and the same, or at least closely connected in print.