Former Slovakian Soldier Accused of Killing Journalist Jailed

The Soldier Shot and Killed Jan Kuciak and his Fiancee Martina Kusnirova

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A former Slovakian soldier has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for allegedly shooting and killing an investigative journalist in February 2018.

Miroslav Marcek pled guilty for the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova, which sparked nationwide protests and the subsequent collapse of the Slovak government.

“It was cold-blooded and malicious. The victims did not have a chance to defend themselves,” presiding judge Ruzena Szabova of the Specialised Criminal Court said. The prosecution had sought a 25-year sentence.

Kuciak had reported on corruption and the links of influential business owners to political, judicial and police leaders.

Businessman Marian Kocner who was mentioned in the reporting and who verbally threatened the journalist in September 2017 is standing trial with two others in separate hearings on charges of paying for the murder.