Police suspect Slovakian journalist and fiancée were killed because of his investigative reporting

Police suspect a Slovakian investigative reporter shot dead alongside his partner was murdered because of his work, local media have reported.

The bodies of Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova were found on Sunday night at their home in the town of Velka Maca.

The deaths come five months after Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a suspected car bombing. Both countries are part of the European Union.

Kuciak was found with bullet wounds to the chest while Kusnirova had been shot in the head, Slovak police told a press conference today.

They said the murders were likely connected to Kuciak’s investigative work.

The 27-year-old, who worked for online investigative news outlet Aktuality.sk for three years, was well known for stories about tax fraud and real estate deals involving Slovak businessmen with close connections to the country’s ruling party.

He also contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers investigation, writing stories relating

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