Gaspar: Police Found Two Individuals Set to Go Armed to Velka Maca

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Police Corps President Tibor Gaspar at a press conference held on February 28, 2018 (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, February 28 (TASR) – With respect to the investigation into the murders of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, the police have detained two individuals who were making plans on Friday (February 23) to equip themselves with firearms and go to the village of Velka Maca [in Trnava region, where the murders took place – ed. note], said Police Corps President Tibor Gaspar at a press conference on Wednesday.

On Tuesday (February 27) night, police launched house raids on the two individuals, who are long-term drug dealer suspects. The officers seized 160 grams of methamphetamine, melee weapons and a firearm. A proposal was drafted to take one of the individuals into custody, reported Gaspar.

“We’re discovering and verifying information to shed light on what Friday and the weapons were all about and why this was to take place in Velka Maca,” said Gaspar, adding that a number of indictments could be extended soon. “This is one of the specific examples of how the police must think and work – we can’t focus exclusively on one single scenario that dominates the headlines of all media.”

According to the Police Corps president, the scenario linking the murders to the Italian Mafia remains the most probable version of events. “We’re intensively busy with the most probable version concerning citizens of Italian nationality,” he stated, adding that no further details can be provided for the time being.

Gaspar added that he’s not entertaining his own resignation at the moment. “I’ll decide on whether I should step down and let you know in due time.”