Police charge 3 suspects with murder in Slovak reporter case

FILE- In this Friday, March 16, 2018 file photo, candles are placed in memory of slain journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova during a rally in Bratislava, Slovakia. On Thursday, April 26, 2018. Officials in Slovakia on early Thursday Sept. 27, 2018, said police have arrested suspects in the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee, a case that brought down the Slovak government. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s police say they have charged three suspects with murder in the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee.

Police conducted raids in the southern town of Kolarovo on Thursday and arrested eight people. The prosecutor general’s office said Friday the other five have been released.

The suspects have not been identified. Police and prosecutors say more information will be released next week.

Journalist Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova were shot dead in their home on Feb. 21. Slovak authorities said they believed it was a contract killing linked to Kuciak’s work — he was investigating possible widespread government corruption and ties between Slovak politicians and Italian mobsters.

The killings triggered a political crisis that resulted in major protests, the dismissal of the national police chief and the government’s collapse.

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