Thousands march in Slovakia for slain journalist

  • Thousands march in Slovakia for slain journalist

Thousands march in Slovakia for slain journalist

Charges needed to be brought within the statutory time limit of 48 hours and it is assumed that none were filed, the website reported. "After the 48 hours passed, the persons were released from detention", police spokeswoman Denisa Baloghova said in a statement.

Jan Kuciak, who was writing an article on corruption allegations, and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova were shot dead at their home on February 25.

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.

Slovak authorities have reportedly released at least six of the seven people detained in connection with the murder.

Organizers estimated that about 25,000 people gathered in Bratislava, while thousands more paid tribute to Kuciak in other cities and towns across the European Union country of 5.4 million people.

Some of the protesters at the peaceful march then moved to the office of Prime Minister Fico to demand the government's resignation.

His last, unfinished article was published posthumously by Slovak and global media.

One of the subjects of Kuciak's final report was Antonino Vadala, a businessman who the Slovak registry shows briefly owned a firm with Maria Troskova, an aide to Prime Minister Robert Fico.

Troskova and the secretary of the country's Security Council, also mentioned in Kuciak's reporting, resigned on February 28 pending results of the investigation.

The seven men had been taken into custody on Thursday when police raided houses allegedly linked to members of an Italian crime syndicate. Mr Kuciak's last, unfinished story had been about the activities of the Italian 'ndrangheta in Slovakia.