Man charged with Kuciak murder knows his punishment

Zoltán Andruskó admitted to participating in the murder and has testified against Kočner.

Andruskó escorted to his meeting with the prosecutors. Andruskó escorted to his meeting with the prosecutors. (Source: TASR)

Zoltán Andruskó, one of the people charged in connection with the murders of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová and who has cooperated with the investigators since shortly after he was detained, has made an agreement about his guilt and punishment.

Andruskó attended a two-hour meeting at the Special Prosecutor’s Office on October 18. Neither his attorney, Lívia Kňažíková, nor the attorney of the Kuciak family, Daniel Lipsic, gave specifics of the punishment he has agreed with the prosecutor, since it is pending court approval.

Lipšic, however, said it is an exceptional lowering of the sentence to what might be between eight to 16 years in prison. Originally Andruskó faced a sentence of 25 years to life if proved guilty of participating in organising the murder. He will be heard in court as a witness.

The agreement pertains solely to the Kuciak murder case and not the other cases that he faces. Andruskó also faces charges of ordering and preparing the premeditated murders of two prosecutors (Peter Šufliarsky and Maroš Žilinka) and attorney Lipšic. In addition he faces charges of unauthorised gun possession and gun trafficking.

The remaining four persons charged in the murder case, including Marian Kočner, are expected to be indicted soon.

Andruskó’s agreement with the prosecutors has no influence on the court’s decision about the other people in the case.

"Andruskó remains a key witness," said Lipšic after the meeting, as quoted by Sme. It is very unlikely that he would change the testimony that he gave to the police, claiming that Kočner was behind the murder, Sme noted.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Theme: Vražda novinára Jána Kuciaka

Read more articles by the topic
This article is also related to other trending topics:
Daniel Lipšic, Ján Kuciak, Zoltán Andruskó

Top stories

Strong enough to rule? Doubts over prospects for opposition stability

Slovakia’s history shows parties have been able to overcome their differences to take power.

Left to right: Erik Baláž (PS/Spolu), Andrej Kiska (Za Ľudí), Michal Truban (PS/Spolu), Alojz Hlina (KDH), Richard Sulík (SaS)

This election will be about extremism

The stakes are high, times have changed, but ruling politicians are using the same, failed playbook.

Protest against the far right ĽSNS in Levoča.

Environment Minister Sólymos resigns

László Sólymos resigned after a January 22 incident in a Bratislava restaurant.

László Sólymos

Slovakia still does not punish politicians for corruption

The country dropped in the Corruption Perception Index.

Corruption is one of the topics Spectacular College has covered