Jan Kuciak

The body of the 27-year-old Slovakian reporter working for “Aktuality.sk” news portal was found on 25 February alongside that of his partner Martina Kusnirova at their home in Velka Maca, some 65 kilometres from the capital Bratislava. Slovakian police launched a murder probe on Monday 26 February 2018 and the police commissioner Tibor Gaspard told reporters that the murder was " most likely related to the investigative work of the journalists."

Kuciak’s reporting focused mainly on allegations of tax evasion and fraud involving high-ranking officials and tycoons. Police commander Tibor Gaspar said this morning that the murder was “most likely related to the investigative work of the journalist”.

According to media reports, Kuciak's reporting focused mainly of tax evasion and fraud involving high-ranking officials and tycoons. The last story he published was about Marian Kocner, a real estate businessman known for insulting and threatening journalists. He allegedly threatened to expose “any dirt” he could find on Kuciak or his family, according to an article by Kuciak’s editor-in-chief Peter Bardy published in September 2017.

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