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Murdered Slovak Journalist Was Investigating Prime Minister’s Aide Linked to Suspected Italian Mafia Figure

 Before he murdered last week with a single shot to the chest, and his body left alongside that of his fiancée, who was killed with one shot to the head, the Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak had been amassing evidence that an Italian businessman living in Slovakia was part of the ‘Ndrangheta, a Calabrian organized crime network.

Kuciak’s final, unfinished report for the news site Aktuality.sk, on money-laundering, tax fraud, and drug smuggling by the ‘Ndrangheta in Slovakia, was published on Wednesday by several Slovak websites.

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, or OCCRP, which had supported Kuciak’s work, also published an overview of the investigation.

According to the OCCRP, Kuciak and his colleagues had started their investigation “by looking into the hiring of Maria Troškova, then 27, by Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico as an assistant.”

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