Slovak police arrested suspects over the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak
September 27, 2018 | Brainwave Science
The representative of Slovak police claimed that they have detained suspects of the murder of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova. The 27-year-old journalist was found dead along with 27-year-old Kusnirova at their home outside Bratislava earlier this year. According to the police report, both of victims were shot.
The police have been looking for the perpetrators for 6 months and have carried out home searches in the south of the country. This week they reported about the arrest of suspects in the murder, but the names weren’t called. According to the TV station Markiza, 8 suspects had been detained in the town of the south of Slovakia, including a local man who had allegedly once worked as a police investigator.
Kuciak was an investigative reporter who had investigated fraud cases involving businessmen with Slovak political ties. Moreover, the journalist had looked into suspected mafia links between Italy and businesses in Slovakia. In a story published posthumously, Kuciak reported on an Italian living in Slovakia with past business links to two Slovaks politicians. Both of the Slovaks politicians lost their job but still deny connections to the murder.
The murder of Jan Kuciak and his fiancee shocked the nation and stoked public anger over corruption. This horrible crime led the country to the biggest street protests in Slovakia since Communist rule ended in 1989. Prime Minister of the Slovakia Peter Pellegrini claimed, ‘The investigation and punishment of those guilty of this murder is one of the priorities of my government’.
Even after more 6 months after the murder, regular anti-government protests have continued in the capital Bratislava and other towns. Officials and law enforcement agents have faced the challenge to solve this crime as soon as possible. Even after the arrest of suspects, investigators still have a lot of work for proving their guilt. But can they make this process faster and help calm protest demonstrations, ensure that they facilitate passage for justice to families of victims and the society?
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