Bratislava, March 10 (CTK) – The Slovak police failed when it did not call a forensic pathologist to examine the dead bodies of murdered journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, daily Pravda writes on its website today, quoting Slovak Society for Forensic Medicine head Boris Tazky said.
“We consider the presence of a forensic pathologist on the scene of the murder to be highly necessary and justified by the elementary logic of the investigation itself,” Tazky said.
Tazky criticised Police President Tibor Gaspar who defended the steps taken by the police. Gaspar tried to excuse the professional failure, he said.
Some Slovak media previously challenged the professional qualities of the doctor whom the police called to the crime scene. Due to the absence of a forensic pathologist, it may be more difficult to tell when exactly the two young people were shot dead in their house in Velka Maca, about 50 km east of Bratislava.
The Slovak police said Kuciak’s murder might have been related to his work, especially to his reports on activities of Italian mafia in Slovakia and their possible connections to local politicians and entrepreneurs.
The case has rocked the political situation in the country.
Slovak President Andrej Kiska has called for a government reshuffle or an early election. The political opposition and the junior government Most-Hid demand the sacking of Interior Minister Robert Kalinak (Smer-Social Democracy) who has refused to do so.
Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD) said the government parties would deal with the situation this weekend. He claimed that Kiska threatened the stability of the country, the opposition lusted for power and the public protests were supported by financier George Soros who wanted the country to welcome refugees.
Tens of thousands of people protested against Fico’s government and called for an independent investigation of Kuciak’s murder on Friday. Rallies were also held in many other Slovak towns.