- Title: Suspects in Slovak journalist's killing to face trial in January
- Date: 19th December 2019
- Summary: PEZINOK, SLOVAKIA (DECEMBER 19, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** JOURNALISTS WAITING TO GO INTO COURT FOR FIRST HEARING OF TRIAL FOR MURDERS OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST JAN KUCIAK AND HIS FIANCEE MARTINA KUSNIROVA COURT WORKER BRINGING FILES INTO COURTROOM WITH TROLLEY RELATIVES OF KUCIAK AND KUSNIROVA SITTING IN COURTROOM PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERA OPERATORS IN COURTROOM KUCIAK'S MOTHER AND FATHER (RIGHT) TALKING TO KUSNIROVA'S MOTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERA OPERATORS WAITING FOR ARRIVAL OF DEFENDANTS IN TRIAL COURT OFFICERS AND ARMED POLICE ESCORTING DEFENDANTS INTO COURTROOM VARIOUS OF DEFENDANTS, INCLUDING BUSINESSMAN MARIAN KOCNER (SUIT AND ORANGE ARMBAND) SITTING DURING HEARING AND TALKING TO LAWYERS DEFENDANTS KOCNER, MIROSLAV MARCEK, TOMAS SZABO AND ALENA ZSUZSOVA BEING ESCORTED FROM COURTROOM BY ARMED POLICE / ZSUZSOVA HIDING FACE KUCIAK AND KUSNIROVA'S RELATIVES IN COURT CORRIDOR, KUCIAK'S FATHER JOZEF JUCIAK (GLASSES) STANDING PLACARD SHOWING NUMBER OF COURTROOM (SOUNDBITE) (Slovak) FATHER OF JAN KUCIAK, JOZEF KUCIAK, SAYING: "This is just the beginning. I hope that the legal action (court's decision to accept charges) will be approved and that justice is served." JOZEF KUCIAK AND RELATIVES WALKING DOWN CORRIDOR JOURNALISTS IN CORRIDOR
- Embargoed: 2nd January 2020 12:03
- Keywords: Jan Kuciak Marian Kocner investigative journalist murdered start of murder trial
- Location: PEZINOK, BRATISLAVA AND STIAVNIK, SLOVAKIA
- City: PEZINOK, BRATISLAVA AND STIAVNIK, SLOVAKIA
- Country: Slovakia
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA001BAN6TZB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Four suspects in the murders of a Slovak investigative journalist and his fiancee will go on trial in January after judges ruled on Thursday (December 19) that there was enough evidence to proceed.
Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova, both 27, were gunned down in their house outside the capital Bratislava in February 2018, triggering mass protests against corruption.
Prosecutors say entrepreneur Marian Kocner, a subject of Kuciak's reporting on fraud cases involving politically connected businessmen, had ordered his killing.
Kuciak's father Jozef Kuciak, who was present at the preliminary hearing, told journalists he hoped justice would be served.
The murders stoked widespread public anger and forced Prime Minister Robert Fico to resign. His ruling Smer party faces a tight election on February 29.
The case is a test of Slovak judicial independence given that the investigation exposed links between Kocner and police and public officials.
(Production: Jiri Skacel, Lewis Macdonald)
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