Slovak reporter investigating tax fraud murdered: reports
PR dla Zagranicy
Twenty-seven-year-old Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée were found dead, allegedly murdered, at their home near Bratislava late on Sunday, according to Slovak media reports.
A Slovak police car. Photo: Dávid Štefan/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Police went to the couple’s home after the family of Martina Kušnířová’s, Kuciak’s fiancée, said they had not heard from her since Thursday.
Police found Kuciak with fatal gunshot wounds to the head and chest and suspect his death was premeditated and linked to his work, according to Poland’s onet.pl news website. Kušnířová had taken a blow to the head.
Kuciak had been investigating tax fraud and corruption among high-profile people including Slovak businessmen, among them Ladislav Bašternák, a friend to a number of ruling Smer party politicians, and Marián Kočner, who is known to have threatened Kuciak in the past, the Slovakian Denník N daily reported.
Slovak police said the attack on the journalist was unprecedented, onet.pl reported.
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico offered a reward of EUR one million for information that would lead to the arrest of Kuciak and Kušnířová’s murderer, the Polish website said.
Onet.pl cited Slovak media as saying that some journalists are under police protection following the murder.
Kuciak is to be commemorated in a march in Bratislava on 13 March. (vb/di)