Slovakia: Investigative journalist, fiancee shot to death at home


A 27-year-old Slovak journalist who had been investigating corruption was found dead at his home on Sunday.

Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Marcina Kusnirova had been murdered in a house 60 km east of Bratislava. Top police official Tibor Gaspar linked their death to the journalist’s reporting.

The killings might be connected to Mr. Kuciak’s investigation into alleged tax fraud involving luxury apartments, the case that caused a massive public outrage last year. In 2017, Slovak activists demanded Interior Minister Robert Kalinak’s resignation over his alleged business dealings with a property developer in tatters.

The death seems to be the first contract killing of a journalist in Slovakia’s modern history. The government offered a reward of 1 mln euros for information leading to the killer or killers.

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