Slovakia journalist murder: 7 suspects released

Seven people have been arrested in connection with the killings

Leading the funeral mass, Bratislava Archbishop Stanislav Zvolensky told hundreds of mourners packed into the local Roman Catholic church that "if the murderer thought he was able to silence Jan, he was wrong".

Slovak police detained seven people on Thursday in a probe into the murder of an investigative journalist and his girlfriend, chief of police Tibor Gaspar said, Reuters reported.

Jan Kuciak, who was writing an article on corruption allegations, and Martina Kusnirova were killed at their home east of the capital Bratislava.

Kuciak had been looking into suspected mafia links among Italian businessmen in eastern Slovakia at the time of his death.

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Their murder has raised fresh concern about media freedom and corruption both in Slovakia and Europe.

"During the legal timeframe - 48 hours - (police) checked and searched for facts needed for an indictment".

The seven men had been taken into custody on Thursday when police raided houses allegedly linked to members of an Italian crime syndicate.

Leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico has accused the opposition of using the murder as a "political tool to get people out on the streets and gain power".

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The scandal has engulfed Robert Fico, the populist prime minister and head of the ruling Smer party, who has been criticised despite a brazen public offer of €1 million for information in relation to the murder.

According to the Slovak business registry, Italian businessman Antonino Vadala briefly owned a firm with Maria Troskova, a former model and an aide to Fico.

The party said Saturday it would meet on March 12 to decide whether to quit the coalition after Kalinak refused to step down on Saturday.

The FBI, Britain's Scotland Yard and Europol are helping with Slovak police with the investigation.

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