Top Slovakian officials step down after journalist’s death

first_imgKuciak had been working for news outlet Aktuality.sk, which is part of the Ringier Axel Springer group (Axel Springer is co-publisher of POLITICO’s European edition).Maďarič said that he decided to resign as culture minister because he couldn’t “identify with the fact that a journalist was killed during my tenure,” according to the Slovak Spectator.Trošková and Jasaň said in a joint statement that attempts “by some politicians and the media to link our names to these repellent crimes” were unacceptable, adding that they were stepping down so their names could not be used in a political battle against Prime Minister Robert Fico. Three top Slovakian officials resigned Wednesday following the murder of a journalist investigating allegations of corruption linked to allies of the prime minister.The officials were Slovakian Culture Minister Marek Maďarič, as well as two people named in a draft of the reporter’s final story — which was published by various media outlets Wednesday — chief state adviser Mária Trošková and chair of Slovakia’s security council Viliam Jasaň, the BBC reported.The journalist, Ján Kuciak, was found dead in his home alongside his fiancée on Sunday. Kuciak’s final report alleges that a number of Italian businessmen living in eastern Slovakia had ties to Italy’s ‘Ndrangheta mafia and to Trošková and Jasaň.last_img

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