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Slovak Reporter's Assassination May Be Tied to Italian Mafia

  • Investigative reporter Kuciak found shot dead on Sunday
  • Kuciak worked on story linking mafia-run fraud to politicians
A woman places a candle in front of a portrait of journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova in the center of Bratislava on Feb. 27, 2018.

A woman places a candle in front of a portrait of journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova in the center of Bratislava on Feb. 27, 2018.

Photographer: Vladimir Simicek/AFP via Getty Images

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A story about the Italian Mafia stealing European Union development cash in Slovakia may have prompted the murder of an investigative journalist in the eastern European country last week.

Jan Kuciak, a 27 year-old reporter for Aktuality.sk, and his fiancee were found shot dead in their house near the capital city Bratislava on Sunday -- the first high-profile murder of a journalist since Slovakia’s 1993 independence. His investigative reporting work was the most likely motive, but authorities haven’t completely ruled out other leads, Police President Tibor Gaspar said on Tuesday.