Slovak prosecutor charges four in murder of investigative journalist

epa07501243 (FILE) - A man places a candle next to a portrait of murdered Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiance Martina Kusnirova during a vigil outside the Slovak Embassy in Berlin Germany, 02 March 2018 (reissued 12 April 2019). Media reports state on 12 April 2019 that an ex-soldier has confessed the double murder of Kuciak and his fiancee, both aged 27, who were found shot dead last year at their home in Velka Maca, near Bratislava. Suspect Miroslav Marcek, along with three others, have been taken into custody and charged over the killings. A Slovak businessman, Marian Kocner, has been charged by prosecutors with ordering the murder, media added. EPA-EFE/FELIPE TRUEBA

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Slovak authorities charged four people on Monday in the murder of an investigative journalist and his fiancée, a case that sparked major protests against high-level corruption and forced then-premier Robert Fico to resign.

A state prosecutors spokeswoman said in a statement that the six charges filed over the 2018 shooting death of Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova included pre-meditated murder.

The main suspect is Marian Kocner, a politically connected entrepreneur who was a key subject of Kuciak’s reporting on corruption and cronyism in the Central European country and who prosecutors believe contracted out the killing.

Kuciak, 27, and Kusnirova were gunned down in their house outside the capital Bratislava in February last year.

The murders shook the European Union member state’s political scene, triggered protests of up to 70,000 people at one point and forced the leftist Fico to resign last March.


Via Reuters

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