A an ex military man is declared guilty of the murder of journalist Slovak Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend in 2018

One of the four accused for the murder, by 2018, the investigative journalist Slovak Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend, Martina Kusnirova, has been declared guilty

A an ex military man is declared guilty of the murder of journalist Slovak Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend in 2018

One of the four accused for the murder, by 2018, the investigative journalist Slovak Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend, Martina Kusnirova, has been declared guilty in the trial that takes place in the town of Pezinok, near Bratislava. Miroslav Marcek, a exsoldado professional of 37 years, accused of being one of the two executors of the killing spree has testified before the tribunal: "I Am guilty".

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The journalist killed, 27 years old, had discovered that a group of entrepreneurs, slovaks and italians had fraudulently obtained hundreds of thousands of euros of European Union funds for agriculture in the East of the country. The entrepreneur Slovak Marian Kocner, who were investigating the journalist, was charged in march last year as the suspected mastermind of the crime.

The double murder, which was perpetrated two years ago, the home that he shared with the couple, sparked massive protests against the Government of Robert Fico, who ended up resigning. The movement paved the way for the election last march of president Zuzana Caputova, an attorney, liberal activist and anti-corruption without political experience, who championed the commitment to justice in Slovakia.

The building of the Criminal Court special, where he has begun this Monday the hearing in the presence of the parents of the victims, was under heavy security measures. Are also charged a exintérprete of Kocner, Alena Zsuzsova, and the other alleged perpetrator of the crime, Tomas Szabo.In the event that they are found guilty, the defendants could receive sentences ranging from 25 years imprisonment to life imprisonment.

A fifth person who participated in the operation, Zoltan Andrusko, and who acted as the intermediary between Kocner and Zsusova and the two material authors of the crime, reached an agreement with the justice and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in another process, the past 30 of December.

Updated Date: 14 January 2020, 09:00

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