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Italian mafia may be linked to Slovak reporter's killing: Canadian journalist

Italian mafia may be linked to Slovak reporter's killing: Canadian journalist

Slovakian news publication Korzar reported that one of the people arrested was Antonino Vadalà-an information confirmed by police President Tibor Gaspar.

He did not give any names in the TV appearance but said the raids were connected with Italian businessmen with alleged Italian mafia links that Kuciak wrote about in his last, posthumously published article.

Mr Kuciak's killing was the first of a journalist in Slovakia and the fifth such case concerning a reporter or reporters in the European Union in the past decade, according to Reporters Without Borders.

The chief has said the motive was "most likely" related to Kuciak's investigative journalism, and has warned reporters about publishing details of the case.

Those figures included Viliam Jasan, the director of Fico's Crisis Management and State Security Department, and Maria Troskova, a former model who was hired as Fico's assistant, both of whom have resigned, but without admitting guilt.

"Do not link innocent people without any evidence to a double homicide", Mr Fico told journalists on Tuesday.

He, like fellow murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, worked on the Panama Papers scandal.

Mr Kuciak's murder angered a nation where media revelations of links between businessmen and politicians have long sparked outrage.

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Mr Gaspar said police conducted raids, during which they seized ammunition and a weapon.

Italian prosecutors said they had alerted their Slovak and worldwide colleagues "some time ago" to the Calabrians who were detained, and had provided information about their alleged 'Ndrangheta links.

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.

Hundreds of people took part in an anti-corruption protest in Bratislava on Wednesday, and more demonstrations were planned for Friday in Bratislava and other European capital like Prague, London and the Hague.

Bela Bugar, the Most-Hid chief, also said that Fico should sack his interior minister Robert Kalinak over the affair, a call that the prime minister has so far resisted.

Nicholson said he was ready to testify but has not been approached by police yet.

Robert Kalinak previously said Czech and Italian police forces as well Europol have been co-operating with their Slovak counterparts in the investigation.


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