Twenty months after the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancé, the Slovak prosecutor’s office has filed charges against four suspects. It is an entrepreneur as a suspected contractor and three other people who are accused of organizing and carrying out the murder, said a spokeswoman for the authorities today the news agency TASR.
In addition, the prosecutor’s office recommended a separate agreement with a confessed alleged accomplice, but the court must agree.
Investigative journalist Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova were shot dead on February 21, 2018 in their home. Kuciak had researched the tangle of politics and profiteering.
His report published after his death on connections of Italian mafia clans to Slovakian government employees triggered mass demonstrations against corruption and the misuse of EU funding. As a result, long-term head of government Robert Fico resigned.
In recent months, new details from the preliminary investigation had become known, the other politicians and representatives of the judiciary and police forced to resign. They may have been bribed by the alleged client. The entrepreneur, originally arrested for suspected fraud, had apparently collected interviews and other incriminating material against politicians, businessmen and representatives of the judiciary in order to be able to extort them later.