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General Prosecutor: No progress in murder investigation

Top prosecutor says an international team will be put together to investigate the murder of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová.

General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár(Source: TASR)

General Prosecutor Jaromir Čižnár stressed the prosecution and the police need to be cautious when publishing information about the murder investigation.

At the same time, he is not satisfied with the current state of the investigation of the murder of Ján Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kušnírová, who were found murdered on February 25 in their house in the western-Slovak village of Velka Maca. From the very start, the police and the general prosecutor have been saying that Kuciak was murdered in connection with his investigative work.

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During the press briefing Čižnár held together with Special Prosecutor Dusan Kováčik and Prosecutor Peter Sufliarsky, the prosecutors said it might not even be the case that the motive for the murder was Kuciak’s work.

There are several versions, Kováčik said, but declined to give any details.

Working with the Italians

The prosecutors say they are putting together an international team with their Italian counterparts. The team should start working next week.

“We have already agreed on the basic questions, and the Italians have a great spectrum of information, there is a huge volume of data to evaluate,” Čižnár said.

Čižnár also informed the press that he spoke to the head of the intelligence service SIS and requested all the information they have on the alleged criminal activities related to Vadala. He also wants to check on how the police handled the information from SIS in the past, Sme daily reported.

Špirko will not face discipline

Čižnár confirmed that the prosecution was checking on the information that prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor’s Office, Vasil Špirko, reported to the media yesterday and based on which he filed a criminal complaint against the Interior Minister and some top police officials.

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“The problem was the way he got the information, he violated a number of provisions,” Čižnár said, and asked why Špirko came forward with his testimony now.

When asked whether Špirko will face disciplinary proceeding for his act, Čižnár said:

“If I hit him for this, I would be the first one to hang.”

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