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Slovak minister quits after refusing to fire police chief

Protesters say police boss should go following journalist's murder

Mr Drucker has said he will quit, just weeks into his new job. Photo: Wikipedia

Mr Drucker has said he will quit, just weeks into his new job. Photo: Wikipedia

Slovak Interior Minister Tomas Drucker said on Monday he would resign, after just weeks in office, amid mass public protests demanding the sacking of the country's police chief following the murder of a journalist.

Drucker said he had not found justification to fire police President Tibor Gaspar but felt that the issue remained the source of deep polarisation in society.

Tens of thousands of Slovaks have held protests demanding the departure of Gaspar to secure a thorough investigation of reporter Jan Kuciak's murder in February.

Kuciak and his partner were shot dead in their family home, 65km east of Slovakia's capital Bratislava. Kuciak's last story for his employer Aktuality, on February 9, looked at suspected tax fraud connected to a luxury apartment complex in Bratislava.

 

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