Slovak reporter acquitted of fiancée murder

A panel of judges in Slovakia has acquitted a businessman accused of masterminding the murder of an investigative journalist and his fiancée.

Slovak reporter acquitted of fiancée murder

Judge Ruzena Sabova delivered the verdict Thursday in Peznikok's special criminal court. The judges acquitted the businessman, Marianne Kocner, and journalist Jan Kuciak and fiancée Martina Kusnirova, both accomplices in the murder.

A third defendant was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the murder’.

The prosecution can still appeal.

Kuciak was shot’ in the chest and on February 21, 2018, in the head of his home in the eastern city of Velka Maca in Bratislava.

Kuciak was writing about the alleged links between the Italian mafia and people close to the then prime minister when he was killed’.

His alleged accomplice, Alena Zsuzsova, was acquitted’. On Thursday, two murder suspects accused an investigative journalist and his fiancée of murder, a crime that shocked the country and brought down the government.

The state prosecution has sought 25 years in prison for the three defendants, including a businessman who was sentenced’ to death and two accomplices.

All of them are not guilty of killing journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova, both 27 years old.

Judge Ruzena Sabova, who handles Slovakia's most serious cases, handed down the verdict in Pezinok special criminal court on Thursday.


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