>> This is where the primitivity of Malta really comes out. I don't feel I'm living in a European country, I can't say I do. They have absolutely no red lines.>> Six months ago a car containing journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia exploded in a quiet corner of the island of Malta.
I'm Stephen Grey in a special report for Reuters. Along with other global news media, we are revealing publicly for the first time key details about her killing. The effort is led by Forbidden Stories, a new organization in Paris, dedicated to continuing the work of silence journalists. It starts here, on this hill overlooking her neighborhood.
Just a day after the bombing, police began to piece together what had happened. They found this hole in the fence, and down here, a great little spot hidden from the road, they found a fresh cigarette. Right here is where a lookout kept watch. According to police evidence, the lookout must have stayed here for up to two weeks ahead of the bombing.
It's a brilliant vantage point. You can see the house where Daphne Caruana Galizia lived. You can see where she parked her car. You can see the entrance from her little lane into the main road. And down there is the spot where the car exploded. With the help of the FBI, police used the cell phone towers in the area to identify three individuals they alleged were involved.
One was here on the overlook, another was at sea in a small leisure boat. CCTV set to show it departing here. All of them allegedly used throw away burner phones to keep in contact with each other. It was the man on the boat, police say, who sent a simple text message to a device attached to the bomb, activating it.
If not for one small mistake, they might have not been found out at all. The burners were pay as you go phones, and when one ran out of minutes, one of the hitmen allegedly called a friend using his real personal phone to refill it. That connection led to the arrest of three men, now in custody awaiting a court decision.
Vince Muscat, and the brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio. The men all denied playing any role in the murder. They were tracked down to this warehouse in the docks outside the capital, Valletta. Some phones found discarded in the waters nearby. Alfred's DNA was found on the cigarette back at the overlook.
All three men are known to authorities as part of a small group of alleged organized crime figures, but police have not publicly discussed what would have motivated them. Leaving questions over who on this island ordered the killing, and why?