A total sum of €70,000 (£63,000) was paid for the contract killings of a Slovak investigative journalist and his fiancee, a prosecutor has said.
The prosecutor, who was not named, told a news conference in Bratislava today that €50,000 was paid and the remaining €20,000 was a forgiven debt.
Special prosecutors, who deal with the most serious crimes, are never identified, for their own protection.
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.