Suspects in Slovak journalist’s killing face more charges

epa07501244 (FILE) - Candles are placed during a march in memory of murdered Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova, in front of the Slovak government building in Bratislava, Slovakia, 28 February 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/MATEJ KALINA

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Four suspects in last year’s killings of Jan Kuciak, a Slovak investigative journalist and his fiancée, Martina Kusnirova, have also been charged with ordering the murders of two prosecutors and a lawyer, Slovak national police announced.

The February 2018 murder of Jan Kuciak, who uncovered fraud cases involving politically connected businessmen, and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova cast a spotlight on corruption and cronyism in the central European country and sparked mass protests that forced then-Prime Minister Robert Fico to resign.

A police statement said four people, identified by initials that matched the previously released names of the suspects in Kuciak’s murder, have been charged with ordering the murders of two prosecutors and the lawyer.

It did not name the intended victims. But General Prosecutor Jaroslav Ciznar named them in February as then-deputy general prosecutor Peter Sufliarsky, special prosecutor Maros Zilinka, and Daniel Lipsic, a former interior minister who went on to work as a lawyer for Kuciak’s family.

The four suspects charged with carrying out the murders of Kuciak and Kusnirova were arrested last September and are awaiting trial. In March, businessman Marian Kocner was charged with ordering Kuciak’s killing.

Four suspects, including Kocner, have denied wrongdoing, while the fifth has confessed to shooting Kuciak, according to daily Dennik N and website, where Kuciak worked.

Via Reuters/ Slovak Spectator

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