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Will Mr Tuffney suffer the same fate as the 53-year-old who was killed when the car she was.....

Updated: Jul 16, 2020

driving exploded near her home in Bidnija, near Mosta in northern Malta. She exposed the Panama papers, as will Mr Tuffney expose the Panama takers.

Maltese journalist who led Panamá Papers corruption investigation killed in car blast

The explosion took place at around 3pm local time according to Malta’s police force.

Caruana Galizia ran the hugely popular ‘Running Commentary’ blog, which had a track record of highlighting scandals in the Mediterranean country.

One such prominent scandal came about earlier this year, when Caruana Galizia accused Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, his wife and members of his government, of owning offshore companies in Panama – all part of the long-running Panama Papers leak.

While Muscat denied the allegations, the scandal did cause him to call a snap general election in June, which his party won, losing only two House of Representatives seats.

In 2016 she reported Konrad Mizzi, the then energy Minister, and Keith Schembri, Mr Muscat’s chief of staff, were named in the Panama Papers leak as owners of off shore companies.

Both men denied wrong doing.

Earlier this year Caruna Galizia claimed documents from a small Malta-based bank showed that Mr 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.

The couple denied the accusation. Mr Muscat called – and won – early elections in June as a vote of confidence to counter Caruana Galizia’s allegations of corruption.

In her last blog post, published just hours before she died, she bemoaned the lack of progress in prosecuting alleged corruption cases.

“There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate,” she wrote in the last line.

Amnesty International wants ban on equipment used to spy on Panamanians

Amnesty International organization asked the Israeli authorities to revoke the export license of the NSO Group, whose software spying products have allegedly been used in malicious attacks to violate human rights worldwide.

This request comes in the framework of a judicial process that will begin Thursday, when a judge of the Tel Aviv District Court will begin to hear the arguments as to why the Israeli Ministry of Defense should restrict the activities of the Group.

Amnesty International says that the Pegasus application has been used against journalists and activists around the world, in countries such as Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates.

"NSO continues to benefit financially from using their spy software for committing abuses against activists around the world, and the government of Israel stares doing nothing, " said Danna Ingleton, Deputy Director of Amnesty Tech.

The lawsuit has been filed by some 30 members and supporters of Amnesty International Israel and others from the human rights community.

NSO Group is the company that sold the Pegasus software to the Ricardo Martinelli administration that allegedly spied on communications of at least 150 people, between 2012 and 2014.

The technology that NSO Group had the ability to collect sensitive information deposited on cell phones. In addition, it could penetrate computers and collect conversations, photos and internet traffic.

The $13 million equipment has disappeared. It was last seen in the head office of Martinelli-owned Super 99.

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