New trial on Slovakian reporter’s murder thanks to brand-new proof

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New proof provided by district attorneys persuaded Slovakia’s greatest court on Tuesday, June 15 to reverse the acquittal of a millionaire when it comes to a killed reporter that stimulated outrage in the nation.

Entrepreneur Marion Kocner and an accomplice will now deal with retrial in a lower court, after district attorneys sent brand-new proof, consisting of records of text, the nation’s leading court ruled.

Investigative reporter Kuciak and his bride-to-be Martina Kusnirova, both 27, were shot dead in their house in the town of Velka Maca in February 2018.

Kuciak had actually been reporting on Kocner’s service negotiations, along with other corruption accusations. A report released just after the reporter’s death set off mass presentations and caused the resignation of the federal government at the time.

Kocner, a millionaire, was ultimately charged with managing and spending for Kuciak’s murder. In September 2020, an accomplice was founded guilty however Kocner and another believed accomplice were acquitted for absence of proof.

The decision stimulated outrage.

The admitted shooter, Miroslav Marcek, had actually currently been founded guilty and sentenced to 25 years in jail in a different trial. Another accomplice who supplied essential details as a crucial witness was handed a 15-year sentence.

Kocner has actually regularly rejected all the charges. He is presently serving a 19-year sentence due to the fact that he was condemned in another case, including falsification of payments.

Czech reporter Pavla Holcova, who dealt with Kuciak, stated she now wishes for justice.

“This could bring a new dynamic to the case,” she informed broadcaster TA3.

The victims’ moms and dads likewise stated they hope the brand-new case will offer some closure.

“We are going to take our pain to the grave, said Zlatica Kusnirova, Martina’s mother.

“Everyone who has kids will comprehend that.”

New trial on Slovakian reporter's murder thanks to brand-new proof