People accused of Kuciak murder face charges of more murder attempts

The four people facing charges planned to kill one lawyer and two prosecutors before Kuciak.

Alena Zsuzsová stands accused of several crimes. Alena Zsuzsová stands accused of several crimes. (Source: TASR)

Alena Zsuzsová, Tomáš Szabó, Miroslav Marček, and Zoltán Andruskó: the four people who stand accused of the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová were charged with another similar crime on August 14.

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The Police Inspectorate Office at the Interior Ministry accused them of ordering and preparing assassinations of two prosecutors and a lawyer. The case concerns prosecutors Peter Šufliarsky and Maroš Žilinka and lawyer Daniel Lipšic.

Charges were brought by the inspectorate, an office at the Interior Ministry that deals with complaints against members of the police corps, because police officers were reportedly involved in the planning of the murders as well.

The prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor's Office overseeing the investigation in the Kuciak case regards the fact that the murderous plans failed a “lucky coincidence”.

Lipšic points to Kočner

“Had it happened, I can guarantee you we would not have been talking about murdered Ján Kuciak and Martin Kušnírová but a completely different person,” the prosecutor said back in February, as quoted by TASR.

Andruskó testified the planned murders were supposed to happen prior to Kuciak’s murder, Lipšic said.

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The lawyer also believes controversial businessman Marian Kočner had a motive to kill him.

Prosecutor Šufliarsky believes preparations for his murder could have been related to his work, TASR wrote.

Police involvement

In addition, General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár confirmed, in February, that one of the three people who were plotted to be murdered had been screened by police officers.

“In the case of Mr Žilinka, the information was dreadfully detailed, and [the four] could not obtain it without good contacts,” Čižnár said in February, as quoted by TASR.

The police inspectorate are thus investigating the planned murders.

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