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Seven months after Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova were assassinated in what's believed to have been a paid hit organized by an Italian organized crime group with deep ties to the Slovakian government, local police have finally arrested eight who were suspected of being involved with the killings, according to Reuters.
The killings triggered a massive public backlash, as Kuciak had been working on a major story linking corrupt government officials, including former Prime Minister Robert Fico, to members of the 'Ndrangheta, an organized crime group based in the Southern Italian region of Calabria. Thousands of Slovaks took to the streets to demand justice for Kuciak and Kusnirova, who were murdered in their apartment outside Bratislava back in February. The street demonstrations - the largest witnessed in the country since the 1989 revolution that brought down the former Communist regime - eventually forced Fico, his Interior Minister Robert Kalinak and police chief Tibor Gaspar from office.
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However, the three-party ruling coalition led by Fico's Smer party has managed to hang on to power, with Fico still serving as party chief.
"In the early morning hours today police detained suspects in the premeditated murder of Jan Kuciak and (his fiancee) Martina Kusnirova," lawyer Daniel Lipsic said on Facebook.
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Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini welcomed the arrests with a social media statement on Thursday. A spokesman for the prime minister's office said they had no additional information.
"The investigation and punishment of those guilty of this murder is one of the priorities of my...
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