Slovak Supreme Court to review alleged masterminds’ not-guilty verdict for murder of Slovak journalist Kuciak

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News Site Transitions reports that the acquittal of Marian Kocner and Alena Zsuzsova in the widely watched murder trial related to the murder Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kusnirova was accompanied with great frustration by the people who had followed the case in great detail for the past two years.

Kuciak and fiancee were shot in their home on 21 February 2018.

Four months passed since the first verdict, which was delivered under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.

epa08081564 Marian Kocner (C) leaves the courtroom after a preliminary hearing of an indictment before the main trial concerning the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiance Martina Kusnirova in the Judicial Academy building in Pezinok, Slovakia, 19 December 2019. The prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor’s Office filed criminal charges against Marian Kocner, Tomas Szabo, Miroslav Marcek and Alena Zsuzsova on 21 October 2019. The indictment concerns six crimes, including two first-degree murders. EPA-EFE/JAKUB GAVLAK

According to Transitions the verdict will be reviewed in 2021 at the Slovak Supreme Court after prosecutors appealed.

“The “big” case, with defendants Kocner and Zsuzsova, who are accused of ordering the murder of an “inconvenient“ journalist who had been writing about Kocner’s shady business deals, was picked up by the Supreme Court in November. An electronic system appointed a panel of judges by random for the trial. Not long after, the composition of the three-judge panel ignited questions about possible conflicts of interest. One of the original members of the panel recused himself because he had been represented by one of the defendant’s lawyers in the past. He was replaced by Ivetta Macejkova, former head of the Constitutional Court.”, reports

Over the past months, Slovak law enforcement has continued its quest to root out corruption linked to top politics. Many of the suspicions and scandals uncovered by Jan Kuciak and his colleagues at have been confirmed by prosecutors and courts. 

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