Thousands march in Slovakia to honour slain journalist

The killings have sparked outrage in Slovakia

Kuciak was working on a story about the influence of the Italian mafia in Slovakia and its possible ties to people close to Prime Minister Robert Fico.

Slovaks have paid a final farewell to Jan Kuciak, an investigative journalist who was shot dead with his fiancee, with the archbishop declaring that everyone in the nation now wanted to know about Italian mafia influence thanks to Kuciak's reporting.

Slovak authorities have reportedly released at least six of the seven people detained in connection with the murder.

The seven men were taken into custody on Thursday when police raided houses allegedly linked to members of the Italian 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate.

His last, unfinished article was published posthumously by Slovak and worldwide media.

On Friday, thousands of protesters braved icy weather to stage vigils across the country and overseas, including in London, Paris and Brussels.

Thousands flocked to candlelit anti-corruption protests and memorials held across Slovakia on Friday.

President Andrej Kiska led the protesters, said to number between 10,000 and 20,000, in a minute's silence.

Demonstrators held photos of the 27-year-old journalist and carried banners with slogans such as: "Mafia get out of my country", and "an attack on journalists = an attack on us all".

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.

The murdered pair were due to marry in May.

Kuciak's burial comes a day after his fiancee Martina Kusnirova was laid to rest in her wedding gown in the northern town of Gregorovce.

One of the men he named was Antonino Vadala, who was among those released on Saturday.

Kuciak's funeral will be held on Saturday in Stiavnik, close to the Czech border.

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