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Prosecutor arrested in connection with murder of journalists | TIME ONLINE


In the Slovakia A special police force arrested the former Attorney General Dobroslav Trnka. The former top prosecutor of Slovakia is accused of abuse of office in corruption cases. Trnka's arrest is indirectly related to the ongoing trial of the Ján Kuciak murder case. Trnka is said to have protected Marian K., who was accused of being the mastermind of the journalist murder, from prosecution in the event of fraud for years.

Investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová were shot on February 21, 2018. Kuciak had previously written extensively about Marian K.'s opaque business, but also other connections between politics and profiteering. His reportage, published only after his death, about possible links between Italian mafia clans and Slovak government officials sparked mass demonstrations against corruption. As a result, long-term Prime Minister Robert Fico and several ministers and the police chief resigned.

In the course of the investigation against the alleged murder client K., audio and video recordings of talks were confiscated, which put high-ranking representatives of justice and politics at risk. Trnka plays a key role in this. If the interviews were genuine, they would prove that Trnka, who was only a public prosecutor at the end, served the millionaire K. as a willing recipient of orders and also actively participated in fraud and extortion.

President Zuzana Čaputová welcomed the police action against Trnka on her Facebook page as an important step in a necessary legal clean-up process: "The arrest of one of the country's formerly most powerful men marks a turning point in the Slovak judiciary."

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