The body of 27-year-old reporter and his friend were found at their house in Velca Maca village, not far from Trnava. The cause of the death is the gunshot wounds: the journalist was shot in the chest and his girlfriend in the head. It is noted that they were killed between February 22-25.
According to Head of Slovakian Police Tibor Gaspar, the most probable motive of the murder is the professional activity of the reporter.
"The evidence shows that the murder was planned but not spontaneous," he claimed.
Kuchak was particularly known for his investigation toward the suspects in the tax frauds. The main heroes of his materials were the well-known businessmen, who, according to the data of the investigations, had the ties with the Social Democrat Party governing in Slovakia and even with the organized criminal groupings. His last publications dwelled upon the sale of the apartments at one of the elite house complexes in Bratislava.
In his turn, Andrej Kiska, the president of Slovakia urged for the urgent investigation of the murder.
"We should find those who did it as soon as possible and provide the security to the journalists," he claimed.
Prime Minister Robert Fico noted that if the motive of the murder is confirmed, then it will be unprecedented attack at the freedom of the press and democracy in Slovakia.
The police reported that the protection to other journalists of Aktuality.sk will be provided as Kuchak wrote for it.
"We are shocked and shaken by the news that Jan Kuchak and his partner became the victims of the violent attack. We will do everything to help the investigation and bring the perpatrators to justice," Ringier Axel Springer that owns Aktuality.sk claimed.
Earlier a court hearing of the case of three journalists of the Russian online outlet Regnum took place in Minsk. The journalists are accused of incitement of ethnic hatred.
Also, the investigation has yet to find suspects, who could be sent to court, in the case of Pavlo Sheremet’s murder, Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Herashchenko told.