Seven Detained In Slovak Journalist's Murder Case

Seven Detained In Slovak Journalist's Murder Case

Tibor Gaspar, the country's police chief, reportedly declared that almost ten people are supposed to be arrested, however, he didn't give any further information.

The murder of Jan Kuciak, whose reporting focused primarily links between businessmen and top Slovak politicians, was the first of a journalist in the country.

The newspaper he worked for published the report on Wednesday.

Kalinak previously said that Czech and Italian police forces as well Europol have been cooperating with their Slovak counterparts in the investigation. It describes the activities of members of the Italian 'Ndrangheta criminal group in eastern Slovakia, and the business ties of one of them with a senior assistant to Mr Fico and another official close to him.

A participant holds a banner reading: "PM Robert Fico in bed with Italian mafia" during a march in honor of murdered Slovak investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova in Bratislava, Slovakia, on February 28, 2018.

"You link innocent people to a double murder without any evidence", Fico said. Last October, Maltese anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a vehicle bomb.

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Maria Troskova, a close Fico aide, and his national security council officer Viliam Jasan, both of whom allegedly had past dealings with Vadala, said Wednesday they had resigned for the duration of the murder investigation, but "categorically rejected" any wrongdoing.

The murders have raised concerns about media freedoms and corruption in Slovakia and sparked a wave of global condemnation.

Kuciak also investigated allegations of abuse of European Union funds. A thousand people attended a protest rally organised by the opposition in Bratislava on Wednesday afternoon, and another protest is scheduled in several cities for Friday.

The junior Most-Hid party said worldwide investigators should be invited to join local police to aid transparency, and also called on Interior Minister Robert Kalinak, a close ally of Fico, whose business acquaintances had been subjects of Kuciak's earlier articles, to resign.

Kuciak's report was part of an worldwide effort involving the global Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism (CCIJ) and the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI).

Bela Bugar, the Most-Hid chief, also said that Fico should sack his interior minister Robert Kalinak over the affair, a call that the prime minister has so far resisted. He said police still were investigating what the two were planning to do in Velka Maca.

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