Jan Kuciak Murder: Alleged Mafioso Antonio Vadala Threatens Libel Suit
Antonino Vadala, who appeared in Kuciak’s article in connection with the Italian mafia ‘Ndrangheta speaks out against the allegations against him. He was detained and interrogated by the police. He’s now threatening to take legal action in an effort to clear his name.
“They picked us up like criminals, it would be enough if they called us or sent a summons,” Vadala complained in an interview with TV JOJ. Just days after the bodies of the murdered Ján Kuciak and his fiancé Martina Kušnírová were discovered, the police carried out extensive raids in the house of Diego Rody and Antonina Vadala, whom Kuciak wrote about extensively in his final article.
Vadala claims Kuciak was probably shot by the police over his work. The police held Vadala and ten others. Vadala says he has a clean criminal record and a conscience. “They say we’re a Mafia family, but why? I have papers that prove we have no connection with the mafia.”
“I’m prosecuted because I want to clear my name and my family’s name. We had nothing to do with murder or the government,” Vadala says.
Vadala also denied that he obtained tens of millions of euros, and that he had a romantic relationship with Fico’s assistant, Maria Troskova.