/High Slovakian officers step down after journalist’s loss of life

High Slovakian officers step down after journalist’s loss of life

Individuals maintain candle lights throughout a silent protest march in reminiscence of murdered journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova in Bratislava on February 28, 2018 | Vladimir Simicek/AFP by way of Getty Photographs

Two officers had been named in a draft of slain reporter’s closing investigation.

Three high Slovakian officers resigned Wednesday following the homicide of a journalist investigating allegations of corruption linked to allies of the prime minister.

The officers have been Slovakian Tradition Minister Marek Maďarič, in addition to two folks named in a draft of the reporter’s closing story — which was published by numerous media shops Wednesday — chief state adviser Mária Trošková and chair of Slovakia’s safety council Viliam Jasaň, the BBC reported.

The journalist, Ján Kuciak, was found dead in his residence alongside his fiancée on Sunday. Kuciak’s closing report alleges that numerous Italian businessmen residing in japanese Slovakia had ties to Italy’s ‘Ndrangheta mafia and to Trošková and Jasaň.

Kuciak had been working for information outlet Aktuality.sk, which is a part of the Ringier Axel Springer group (Axel Springer is co-publisher of POLITICO’s European version).

Maďarič mentioned that he determined to resign as tradition minister as a result of he couldn’t “establish with the truth that a journalist was killed throughout my tenure,” in line with the Slovak Spectator.

Trošková and Jasaň mentioned in a joint assertion that makes an attempt “by some politicians and the media to hyperlink our names to those repellent crimes” have been unacceptable, including that they have been stepping down so their names couldn’t be utilized in a political battle towards Prime Minister Robert Fico.