The team investigating Kuciak's murder dismissed

Investigators have worked on the case since March 2018.

Police Corps President Milan Lučanský arrives at the meeting with PM Peter Pellegrini and other officials on October 21, 2019 in BratislavaPolice Corps President Milan Lučanský arrives at the meeting with PM Peter Pellegrini and other officials on October 21, 2019 in Bratislava(Source: tasr)

Police Corps President Milan Lučanský has disbanded the team that investigated the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, the police informed on Facebook.

The couple was murdered on February 21, 2018, in Veľká Mača (Trnava Region). It soon led to mass protests, the fall of the then-ruling government, and the resignations of several people within the police force.

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As the team’s efforts have led to an indictment, filed with the Special Prosecutor’s Office on October 21, the police see no reason in keeping the team.

“The murder, which appalled all Slovakia, has been resolved in a short time,” Lučanský said. “Now it is time for the court to act.”

Four people – Marian Kočner, Alena Zsuzsová, Miroslav Marček, and Tomáš Szabó – have been formally charged with the murder. Zoltán Andruskó, who is said to have mediated the murder, now stands as a witness in the case.

1 year 8 months

The team, initially comprised of 82 investigators and analysts, was formed on March 1, 2018. It later shrank to 39 members. They focused on people who were to carry out and order the murder of the investigative journalist.

“The public in Slovakia was very skeptical,” Lučanský added. “The team itself was exposed to enormous media pressure.”

Despite this, investigators managed to put together, in cooperation with Italian authorities and Europol, a case file containing more than 25,000 pages, 160 supplements, and 40 items serving as the evidence.

The police also studied 50 TB of data from mobile operators and CCTV materials.

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The emergence of new cases

During the investigation, a number of other crimes surfaced as well.

This includes planning the murders of two prosecutors, Peter Šufliarsky and Maroš Žilinka. Also, the Kuciak case led to new findings in another two murder cases, which occurred in 2011 and 2016.

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