Thousands march in Slovakia to honour slain journalist

Mar 05, 2018, 06:04
Thousands march in Slovakia to honour slain journalist

The seven men had been taken into custody on Thursday when police raided houses allegedly linked to members of an Italian crime syndicate.

Thousands flocked to candlelit anti-corruption vigils for the murdered journalist held Friday across Slovakia, an European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation country of 5.4 million people.

A retired Italian anti-Mafia prosecutor said Italian prosecutors had warned authorities in Slovakia of "dangerous" infiltration by a powerful organised crime syndicate before the killings.

Jan Kuziak and his fiancee were found shot dead at their home in the capital Bratislava on Sunday.

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Seven men were detained in the towns of Michalovce and Trebisov - but all seven have since been released.

Thousands were expected to attend candlelit anti-corruption protests and memorials across Slovakia on Friday evening, as well as in cities outside the country including Prague, London and The Hague. Mr Kuciak's last, unfinished story had been about the activities of the Italian 'ndrangheta in Slovakia.

Mr Roberti suggested the group may have killed the journalist as "there was no other way to silence" him.

He added the "corruption" of local officials plays a big role in the 'ndrangheta's activities overseas.

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Scotland Yard, the FBI, Czech and Italian police and Europol are helping Slovakian authorities investigate the killings.

Other commemorative gatherings are planned in two dozen cities overseas, including London, Paris and Brussels. Fico has for years attacked media for publishing what he said were unsubstantiated reports of connections between state officials and illegal deals.

Christophe Deloire, the director-general of Reporters Without Borders, on Friday said he asked Fico to "express regret after insulting journalists and commit to avoid weakening investigative journalism".

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