Court takes four suspects in the Kuciak case into custody

Police believe Alena Z. ordered the murders.

Alena Z. after her hearing. Alena Z. after her hearing. (Source: SITA)

Specialised Criminal Court judge Roman Púchovský sent all four people who face charges linked to the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušíirová, into custody on Sunday, September 30.

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Tomáš S., Miroslav M., and Zoltán A. have been charged with premeditated murder, among other crimes, after they were arrested on Thursday, September 27. Alena Z. was arrested on Friday, September 28, in her house in Komárno.

Read also: Another person charged in the Kuciak murder case Read more 

Early reports suggested that Alena Z. worked for controversial tycoon Marian Kočner as an Italian language interpreter, but this information has not been confirmed

The National Criminal Agency (NAKA) believe she ordered the murder, the Denník N daily reported. The prosecutor did not comment on her role in the crime for now. Denník N wrote that she might not be the mastermind, but rather just an intermediary between the hitmen and those who ordered the crime.

Read also: Kuciak murder: Former soldier and former investigator arrested Read more 

Three of the charged, with the exception of Zoltán A., have appealed against the decision and thus the Supreme Court will decide on their custody. The Specialised Criminal Court judge took four hours to decide on their custody. In the end, Judge Púchovský ruled in favour of custody in order to prevent them from fleeing, continuing criminal activities, or influencing witnesses.

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