Slovakia: Suspect admits killing Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak
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One of the four suspects charged in the 2018 murder of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiance Martina Kusnirova pleaded guilty in court in the western city of Pezinok, near Bratislava, on Monday.
Former soldier Miroslav Marcek reportedly told the jury at the Special Criminal Court in the Pezinok that he was guilty of shooting Kuciak in the chest in his own apartment before killing Kusnirova in the kitchen.
The case's main suspect, Slovak businessman Marian Kocner, pleaded not guilty to ordering the murder of the journalist who had been investigating his business activities.
Footage shows Marcek, Kocner and two other suspects entering the courtroom, as well as Marcek leaving the witness chair.
"The three others who are accused denied any wrongdoing and refused to answer questions. And they are waiting for the next item of the proceedings. I think it says a lot about the untrustworthy stance they are having," said the lawyer of the victims' families.
Kuciak and Kusnirova were found shot dead on February 25, 2018. Kuciak had been investigating alleged relationships between the Italian mafia and former Prime Minister Robert Fico's party, Direction - Social Democracy (SMER). Kuciak was also focusing on tax fraud carried out by the Slovak business elite.
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  • Martin L
    Martin L

    The SMER SD government, led by Robert Fico and the Penta financial group, was most interested in not writing this young, honest and excellent journalist. They bear moral and probably criminal liability for murder.