Slovakia Releases Suspects Detained over Journalist’s Murder – Police

Slovakia Releases Suspects Detained over Journalist’s Murder – Police

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A cross is in the cemetery for the funeral of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak, who was murdered along with his fiance Martina Kusnirova, in the village of Stiavnik
A cross is in the cemetery for the funeral of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak, who was murdered along with his fiance Martina Kusnirova, in the village of Stiavnik, Slovakia, March 3, 2018. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

PRAGUE (Reuters) 

Slovak authorities released all seven people detained in connection with the murder of an investigative journalist, a police spokeswoman said on Saturday

Police detained the suspects on Thursday in an investigation into the murder of Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend, who were found shot dead in their home last weekend.

 

The grave is prepared for the funeral of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak
The grave is prepared for the funeral of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak, who was murdered along with his fiance Martina Kusnirova, at the cemetery in the village of Stiavnik, Slovakia, March 3, 2018. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

 

“During the legal timeframe – 48 hours – (police) checked and searched for facts needed for an indictment. After the 48 hours passed, the persons were released from detention,” police spokeswoman Denisa Baloghova said in a statement.

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

 

People light candles in front of the Government of the Slovak Republic's building during march in honour of murdered Slovak investigative reporter Jan Kuciak in Bratislava
People light candles in front of the Government of the Slovak Republic’s building during march in honour of murdered Slovak investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

 

Thousands marched in Bratislava and other Slovak cities on Friday, demanding swift action in response to a killing that has shocked the country and shaken its government.

Kuciak had been looking into suspected mafia links among Italian businessmen in eastern Slovakia.

 

 

His last, unfinished article was published posthumously by Slovak and international media. One of the men named in Kuciak’s report, which probed potential abuse of European Union subsidies and other fraud, had past links to people who subsequently worked for Prime Minister Robert Fico‘s office.

The murder prompted demands from Fico’s coalition partners for the resignation of senior officials.

 

(Reporting by Robert Muller; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

 

Members of funeral staff prepare a grave before the funeral of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak, who was murdered along with his fiance Martina Kusnirova, at the cemetery in the village of Stiavnik
Members of funeral staff prepare a grave before the funeral of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak, who was murdered along with his fiance Martina Kusnirova, at the cemetery in the village of Stiavnik, Slovakia, March 3, 2018. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

 

A woman places a candle in memory of killed investigative reporter Jan Kuciak in front of the Slovak embassy in Prague
A woman places a candle in memory of killed investigative reporter Jan Kuciak in front of the Slovak embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, March 2, 2018. REUTERS/David W Cerny

 

Members of funeral staff prepare a grave before the funeral of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak, who was murdered along with his fiance Martina Kusnirova, at the cemetery in the village of Stiavnik
Members of funeral staff prepare a grave before the funeral of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak, who was murdered along with his fiance Martina Kusnirova, at the cemetery in the village of Stiavnik, Slovakia, March 3, 2018. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa
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