The alleged driver in the Kuciak murder case may confess his guilt in court

Tomáš Szabó could be the third of five accused to confess their guilt.

The police escorts Tomáš Szabó, the accused in the Kuciak case, to the Specialised Criminal Court in Banská Bystrica, central Slovakia, on September 30, 2018The police escorts Tomáš Szabó, the accused in the Kuciak case, to the Specialised Criminal Court in Banská Bystrica, central Slovakia, on September 30, 2018(Source: TASR)

The court will probably not be dealing with the murders of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová in much detail. Instead, the prosecutors would prefer to focus on Marian Kočner and Alena Zsuzsová, who are facing charges for ordering the murders, the Sme daily reported.

Tomáš Szabó, who is believed to have driven shooter Miroslav Marček to Kuciak's house, may confess his guilt in court at the start of the trial.

The Special Prosecutor's Office did not comment on this information, Sme wrote.

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Szabó will be already the third culprit to confess in the case. Marček did so back in April and is expected to repeat it in court. Zoltán Andruskó, who mediated the order, has cooperated with the police from the very beginning and will be heard as a witness during the main trial.

Separate trials as option

After Andruskó decided to cooperate with investigators, he concluded a plea bargain with the prosecutor, based on which his punishment is believed to be reduced. Besides, his case will be handled in a separate proceeding.

The court, however, will have to approve both the agreement and the sentence. It is not known what sentence Andruskó will receive, but it may be reduced by eight years, to 16 years, Sme wrote.

Daniel Lipšic, who represents the Kuciak family, said that if the accused confesses his/her crime at the start of a trial, the court usually hears him/her and deals with him/her in a separate trial.

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“There, the court will decide on their punishment,” he added, as quoted by Sme. This could happen in the case of both Szabó and Marček.

The prosecutor could, however, refuse their plea bargains, lawyer Ondrej Laciak told Sme. He added that it would not be surprising given the stage and circumstances of the case.

Kočner and Zsuzsová

While the three men have confessed or may soon confess, Kočner and Zsuzsová continue denying their guilt.

The indictment against the two in the Kuciak case is based on testimonies provided by Andruskó and Marček.

Besides, investigators possess the analysis of data on the movement of their phones and Threema communication, among other things.

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