Candles placed at the Marian column in Nitra, Slovakia, in honor of the former students Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova Tuesday Feb. 27, 2018. (Milan Ivanic/TASR via AP)
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Murdered Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak was probing alleged high-level political corruption linked to the Italian mafia, the news portal he worked for revealed Wednesday, as the killing sparked calls for fresh anti-corruption protests in the small EU state.Kuciak, 27, and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova were found shot dead on Sunday at his home in Velka Maca, a town to the east of Bratislava, raising concerns at home and abroad about media freedoms and the level of corruption in Slovakia.a news portal owned by German-Swiss Axel Springer and Ringier group, focusing on fraud cases involving businessmen with links to Prime Minister Robert Fico's governing SMER-SD party and other politicians.published Kuciak's last, unfinished investigative report on possible political links to Italian businessmen with alleged ties to Calabria's notorious 'Ndrangheta mafia supposedly operating in eastern Slovakia.Slovakia's leading SME broadsheet had first revealed details of Kuciak's investigation on Tuesday.
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