Italian Suspects in Slovak Journalist's Murder Released

Fiancee of slain Slovak journalist buried in wedding gown

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.

Leading the funeral mass, Bratislava Archbishop Stanislav Zvolensky told mourners that "if the murderer thought he was able to silence Jan, he was wrong".

Thousands of people have protested in Slovakia as outrage grows following the murder of a journalist.

Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova, both 27, were found shot dead in their house north-east of Bratislava last weekend.

One of those detained on Thursday was Antonino Vadala, an Italian who conducted business with at least two officials close to Slovakian prime minister Robert Fico.

Police said on Saturday: "The investigator has, within the legal timeframe (48 hours) at his disposal, checked the facts necessary to bring charges". It comes just months after the October 2017 assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who had denounced corruption in Malta.

Some 25 marches were planned on Friday in Slovakia to honour the murdered couple, including one in the capital, Bratislava, which President Andrej Kiska will attend.




Leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico has accused the opposition of using the murder as a "political tool to get people out on the streets and gain power".

A junior party in Slovakia's coalition government led by Prime Minister Robert Fico has called for the resignation of Interior Minister Robert Kalinak.

Police broke through the houses of the seven men, who were believed to be related to Italian mafia groups.

Assistants from the FBI, Britain's Scotland Yard and Europol are offered to the police in their probes.

He has also regularly attacked journalists in the past, calling them "dirty, anti-Slovak whores" and "slimy snakes".

Fico on Friday denied that any such request was made.

Mr Fico is known for his numerous attacks on the media.

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