25 years imprisonment for the murderer of Jan Kuciak


Journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée were literally executed in February 2018. Almost three years later, the shooter was convicted. His clients, however, remain in the dark.

The Slovak Supreme Court sentenced the murderer of the Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak to 25 years in prison on Wednesday. As court spokeswoman Alexandra Vazanova confirmed to the German press agency, this judgment of the appellate court against the ex-soldier Miroslav M. is final and can no longer be appealed.

In January 2020, he confessed to having killed Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova in February 2018 by being shot in the head and chest. With its decision, the Supreme Court corrected a milder judgment by the special court responsible for organized crime in Pezinok near Bratislava.

Supreme court tightened judgment in the Kuciak trial

The judges there had sentenced M. to 23 years in April because they credited him with mitigating the fact that he confessed and provided the investigators with valuable information on suspected clients. The public prosecutor’s office, however, insisted on the maximum penalty because of the seriousness of the crime and now enforced it on appeal.

The investigative journalist Kuciak had reported on the dodgy business of the entrepreneur Marian Kocner, but also on other entanglements in politics and the business world.

Kuciak’s research overthrew the government

A report about possible connections between Italian mafia clans and Slovak government employees, published only after his death, triggered mass demonstrations against corruption and led to the resignation of the then government. The millionaire Kocner had repeatedly denied having ordered and paid for the act.

Kocner, who was accused of having commissioned the murder, and alleged accomplices were acquitted in the main trial in early September for lack of evidence. Against this, the prosecution appealed. The Supreme Court will hear this on December 15 and 16.

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