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    A Slovak investigative journalist and his partner have been murdered in a suspected assassination linked to the journalist's work.

    Jan Kuciak, 27, and Martina Kusnirova were shot dead at the weekend at home in Velka Maca, a village 65km (40 miles) east of the capital Bratislava.

    It was "most likely related to the journalist's investigative work", a police commander said.

    Kuciak had written about alleged tax fraud involving luxury apartments.

    There were protests last year over Interior Minister Robert Kalinak's alleged business dealings with a property developer. The minister denied wrongdoing and an investigation into suspected fraud was dropped.

    The killings prompted Prime Minister Robert Fico to convene an emergency meeting with security chiefs, including Mr Kalinak.

    "If it is proven that the death of the investigative reporter was connected with his journalistic work it would be an unprecedented attack on freedom of speech and democracy in Slovakia," Mr Fico said.

    Like other ex-communist countries, Slovakia enacted far-reaching law and justice reforms in order to qualify for EU membership.

    Contract killings linked to corruption investigations are relatively rare in Central Europe.

    Kuciak had been working for Aktuality.sk, an online unit of Swiss and German-owned publisher Ringier Axel Springer, for three years.



    "We are shocked and stunned about the news that Jan Kuciak and his companion obviously have been the victims of a cruel assassination," Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia said.

    The company said that if the double murder was meant to deter people from exposing wrongdoing, they would redouble their journalistic efforts.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43202124

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    Italians arrested over murder of Slovak journalist

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    Police in eastern Slovakia arrested on Thursday several Italians in a search for the killer of journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend. Kuciak was investigating possible links between the mafia and Slovakia's political elite - in particular the Italian Vadala family and its alleged ties with the international crime syndicate of Calabrian origin, 'Ndrangheta. The Vadala family ran an agricultural empire that yielded them EU farming subsidies.

    https://euobserver.com/tickers/141171

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    English version of the last, unfinished text by murdered journalist Jan Kuciak about Italian mafia in Slovakia ran this morning on Aktuality.sk Read the English version here:

    Italian mafia in Slovakia. Tentacles reaching out to politics

    The Slovak Spectator brings the English translation of the last story the murdered journalist Ján Kuciak worked on with the agreement of the Aktuality.sk editorial office.

    28. Feb 2018 at 10:37 Aktuality.sk

    This is the latest report by our colleague Ján Kuciak. The very last topic he worked on. He could not finish the article and publish it himself because he and his partner Martina Kušnírová had been murdered.

    Aktuality.sk in cooperation with the Czech investigative journalism research center Investigace.cz, the journalist organization Investigative project of Italy and the international consortium of investigative centers Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project have mapped how people close to ‘Ndrangheta have settled in Slovakia.

    Fourteen years ago an Italian named Carmine Cinnante arrived in the town of Michalovce. One morning he started in his Fiat from a village of Novosad, about 40 kilometers far from Michalovce, where he was staying with his girlfriend Lýdia.

    Cinnante was heading for Italy. He was joined by a Slovakian man called Ján whom he had promised to find work there. In the Michalovce district every fourth person of working age was unemployed at that time.

    When the couple was driving on a field road, approaching the main road between the villages of Porostov and Ostrov in the Sobrance district, they noticed a police patrol. Their white Fiat Punto with Italian registration plates began to reverse suddenly.

    The policeman became suspicious of the men’s behavior, they stopped the car and checked in. On the back seat they found a black wooden briefcase with a gun, 50 bullets and a magazine.

    It was a functional Czechoslovak machine gun model 26 with a laser pointer but with destroyed production number.

    According to experts, the briefcase was made especially for storing the machine gun. Cinnante was accused of criminal possession of a weapon, and the judge of the district court in Michalovce has sentenced him to two years on probation.

    At that time the prosecutor addressed the Italian as an „entrepreneur with business in Slovakia in the field of agriculture“.

    Read the whole story here:

    https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20770432/...-politics.html

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    Slovakia journalist murder: Seven suspects released by police

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    Why would the Italian mafia be active in Slovakia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Martnen View Post
    Why would the Italian mafia be active in Slovakia?
    Why wouldn't be? They are everywhere where the profit can be made. Why so surprised?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShenGjergj View Post
    Why wouldn't be? They are everywhere where the profit can be made. Why so surprised?
    Cause Slovakia is pretty far from Italy

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    I think they've been released...
    Good job Slovak police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Martnen View Post
    Cause Slovakia is pretty far from Italy

    Brighton Beach in New York is far from Russia but all the Russian mafia were pretty active in the past at this place. The Mexican cartel are active in London or Netherlands. Balkan mafia are active in Canada, Australia etc.. Mafias have no borders.

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