Fight for justice for Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak must continue

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Slovak businessman Marian Kočner (C) attends a public hearing at the Slovak Supreme Court as he appears on charges of ordering the murders of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, in Bratislava, 15 June 2021, VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP via Getty Images

Slovakia: Supreme Court overturned not guilty verdicts in Ján Kuciak murder case

Last summer, the businessman Marian Kočner and his confidante, Alena Zsuzsová, were acquitted of ordering Kuciak’s murder in February 2018. After reviewing new evidence on 15 June 2021, the Supreme Court remanded the case back for a retrial.

Slovakia: Second conviction in murder of journalist Ján Kuciak

Former soldier Miroslav Marček pleaded guilty in court in January, testifying that he shot Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, on 21 February 2018. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Impunity must not be allowed to gain a foothold in Slovakia

Press groups welcome the start of the trial of those accused in connection with the murder of Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírova; they call on the authorities to introduce effective measures to prevent violence against journalists in the future.