Kuciak murder trial

Investigative reporter Ján Kuciak was killed in his house in Veľká Mača. His fiancée Martina Kušnírová was shot dead along with him. Very soon after their dead bodies were discovered on February 26, 2018, the police said that the murder was most likely linked to Kuciak’s journalistic work.  Unlike most cases of murdered journalists in the world, the police detained and charged not just the persons whom they believe to have fired the shots, but also those who ordered the murder.

The trial with Marián Kočner, Alena Zsuzsová, Tomáš Szabó and Miroslav Marček started on January 13, 2020. Zoltán Andruskó, who has admitted to having acted as the middleman between those who ordered the murder and those who executed it, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on December 30, 2019 in a separate proceeding, based on his plea bargain deal. He has thus become an important witness in the case against the four persons. 


>>> Who was Ján Kuciak and how did he become a journalist?

>>> What was the development on the Slovak political scene in the immediate days after the murder?

>>> Slovakia: Timeline of events during the first year after the murder >>> Who are the people charged in the murder case?

>>> How the trial went in its initial days (overview)

>>> Read more about how the Kuciak case changed Slovakia



Today in Slovakia

News digest: Verdict in the Kuciak murder trial postponed

Read your overview of news from Slovakia on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Aug 2020, at 17:42

Marian Kočner

The Kuciak murder trial highlights

Defendants in the Kuciak murder case will hear the court ruling in September after the half-year trial.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Aug 2020, at 17:31

Marian Kočner, charged with ordering the murder of Ján Kuciak, during which also Martina Kušnírová was killed.

Kočner: I am not a saint, but nor am I a murderer

Closing speeches of the defendants and defence lawyers have been delivered, verdict in the Kuciak murder case expected next week.Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Jul 2020, at 17:51

Last Week in Slovakia

PM bungled his latest thesis defence, MPs let him pass

Amid talks of how Slovakia is becoming more knowledge-based and innovative, the prime minister shows ever more fervently that he does not hold intellectual property in high regard.Michaela Terenzani, 27. Jul 2020, at 12:01

PM Igor Matovič
Today in Slovakia

News digest: Kuciak murder trial ends, attempt to oust Matovič starts

Read your overview of news from Slovakia on Thursday, July 23.Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Jul 2020, at 17:52

The empty seats of OĽaNO MPs.

Kuciak murder trial is over, punishment has been proposed

The prosecution of the people who are believed to have ordered and executed the murder of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová took 21 trial days.Compiled by Spectator staff, 23. Jul 2020, at 17:20

Marian Kočner

Kuciak murder trial culminates: A convict points at Bödör, accuses him of fabricating a cover story

Businessman close to Smer, Norber Bödör, is currently in custody for another case. Andruskó points a finger at him and says he has covered up the murder.Roman CuprikAdam Valček, 21. Jul 2020, at 20:30

Zoltán Andruskó in court.
Today in Slovakia

Monday news digest: Renegade Pellegrini’s party popular, his ex-boss confirms at top Smer post

Read the overview of news from Monday, July 20, 2020.Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Jul 2020, at 17:49

Robert Fico (centre) and his newly elected deputy chairs.
Today in Slovakia

Kuciak murder trial continued, Pellegrini introduces new party (news digest)

Your overview of news from June 29, 2020.Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. Jun 2020, at 22:32

Peter Pellegrini introduced a new party.
Today in Slovakia

Number of COVID-19 cases goes up as Slovakia opens up further (news digest)

Abortions go to parliament again, Kočner admits he paid for the surveillance of journalists, and Fico wants Pellegrini to quit as parliament's deputy speaker. Here is what happened in Slovakia on June 19.Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. Jun 2020, at 17:00


Trial: Kočner denied having ordered the murder of journalist

The Kuciak murder trial continued in Pezinok on June 17. Kočner insists an unspecified wealthy Russian is behind the deed.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Jun 2020, at 21:36

Marian Kočner

Kuciak murder trial: Kočner loves admiration, prison could change him

Expert on IT spoke about phones of those who executed the murders.Compiled by Spectator staff, 1. Jun 2020, at 22:58

Marian Kočner

Threema codes expected to prove Kočner’s involvement in the Kuciak murder

Kočner and Zsuzsová have, however, provided their explanation of Threema texts. The trial continues June 1.Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. May 2020, at 22:29

Marian Kočner.

Kuciak murder trial: The court will read from Threema communication

Kočner’s brother also present, but refused to testify.Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. May 2020, at 0:48

Police escorts Alena Zsuzsová from the courtroom.

Kočner’s defence: Only a total idiot could not predict what would happen

The murder of a journalist resonates more around the world than the murder of a pope, the mobster argued to explain why he would not order the murder of Kuciak.Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Apr 2020, at 23:55

Ján Kuciak's father and lawyer Daniel Lipšic

Kuciak murder trial: Witnesses described how they screened journalists (UPDATED)

The materials should prove that Zoltán Andruskó bought SIM cards and mobile phones used by Miroslav Marček and Tomáš Szabó when conducting the murder.Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. Apr 2020, at 20:47

Marian Kočner
UPDATED Feb 7, 2020 8:00

IT experts testified on Threema, Kočner had many questions

His defence is based on questioning the authenticity of the messages.Compiled by Spectator staff, 6. Feb 2020, at 13:42

Jozef Kuciak

Kuciak murder trial: Mental health professionals on Zsuzsová

Only Tomáš Szabó was present at the court on the eighth trial day.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Feb 2020, at 13:57

Tomáš Szabó

Kuciak murder trial: Expert does not identify murderers on videos 100 percent

Marček to be handled in a separate case.Peter Dlhopolec, 3. Feb 2020, at 23:58

Marian Kočner attends day 7 of a trial regarding the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová on February 3, 2020, in Pezinok.