Seven people detained in killing of Slovak Journalist

  • Seven people detained in killing of Slovak Journalist

Seven people detained in killing of Slovak Journalist

Bela Bugar of the Most-Hid party of mostly ethnic Hungarians says that would increase public trust in the investigation.

Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova, who planned to marry in May, were found shot dead at their home last weekend before he could finish the article.

Kuciak's last story for Aktuality, on February 9, looked at transactions by firms linked to businessman Marian Kocner and connected to a Bratislava luxury apartment complex that became the center of a political scandal a year ago.

Fico convened an emergency meeting with Kalinak, the attorney general, the national chief of police and the head of the state intelligence service. Thousands of people rallied previous year in Bratislava and other cities to demand their resignations, saying they blocked the proper investigation of corruption scandals.

The requests for Kalinak to go will likely cause tensions in the coalition as he is a key ally of Fico in his leftist Smer-Social Democracy party.

On Thursday, Slovak police raided houses linked to the alleged members of the syndicate in connection with the slayings.

They had both been shot. A junior partner has called for the interior minister to be sacked and appealed for global help in the investigation.

Slovakia's national police chief Tibor Gaspar told reporters in the eastern city of Kosice that seven men were detained in the raids in the towns of Michalovce and Trebisov.

Kalinak previously said that Czech and Italian police forces as well Europol have been cooperating with their Slovak counterparts in the investigation.

The murdered journalist, Jan Kuciak, 27, had reported for the news site on fraud cases, often involving businessmen and politicians. He said those taken into custody during raids in the eastern town of Michalovice were "persons mentioned" by Kuciak in connection with the "Italian track".

"Physical evidence and individuals are being detained, they will be interrogated", Gaspar said.

The stories, which use Kuciak's unfinished reporting, revealed a link between the 'Ndrangheta clans in Calabria and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico's government.

Mr Gaspar identified one of those held as "Antonino V"; the other six first names he gave are also common in Italy and extremely rare in Slovakia.

His investigative work was the most probable motive of the murder, the police say.

Italian police alerted Slovak police and global bodies "some time ago" on the the group of Calabrians arrested in the eastern European country on Thursday, judicial sources said on Thursday.

Gaspar said police planned to release more details later in the day.