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 so far (overview)

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



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.

The banality of evil

As I followed the murder trial in person, I started wondering if and when Slovak society would sincerely begin to look into the mirror.Anca Dragu, 30. Jan 2020, at 5:54

Marian Kočner

Ex-spy who spied on Kuciak: I thought I was working for the state

In court, Miroslav Kriak, who surveilled journalists for Peter Tóth, listed the names of journalists he was assigned to follow.Michaela Terenzani, 22. Jan 2020, at 21:34

Miroslav Kriak

Court: Threema legally obtained

Meanwhile, a prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor’s Office charged Alena Zsuzsová with ordering another murder.Compiled by Spectator staff, 22. Jan 2020, at 12:43


Haščák said the message he got from Kočner was not about Kuciak

Two people have already been punished in the murder case.Michaela TerenzaniPeter Dlhopolec, 20. Jan 2020, at 21:46

Penta financial group partner Jaroslav Haščák was called forward to the court because of a message Kočner had sent to him prior to the Kuciak murder

Kuciak murder trial: What has happened so far

An overview of how the trial in the murder case has progressed.Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. Jan 2020, at 17:05

Alena Zsuzsová

Kuciak murder trial: Tóth implicates Kočner and others

The former journalist-turned-spy Peter Tóth, who surveilled journalists for Kočner, testified on the third day.Michaela Terenzani, 15. Jan 2020, at 21:10

Witness Peter Tóth was heard for eight hours on January 15, 2019, at the Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok, western Slovakia.

From star journalist to Kočner's friend: Who is Peter Tóth?

The man who followed journalists for Kočner is a key witness in the Kuciak murder trial.Michaela TerenzaniRoman CuprikNina Hrabovská Francelová, 15. Jan 2020, at 11:21

Peter Toth as a witness in court on January 15, 2020.

Key witness linked Kočner to the murder

The key witness of the prosecution testified for over four hours on the second day of the trial.Michaela Terenzani, 14. Jan 2020, at 22:13

Zoltán Andruskó is escorted to the courtroom.

Kuciak's mother: He said he was doing it to make Slovakia better

Families of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová spoke in court on the second day of the trial.Michaela Terenzani, 14. Jan 2020, at 13:50

Parents of Ján Kuciak

It was meant to end with a murder in any case, said the man who killed Kuciak

Zsuzsová and Kočner deny involvement in the murder of the journalist.Michaela Terenzani, 13. Jan 2020, at 23:26

Alena Zsuzsová

Man who shot Kuciak and Kušnírová: I am guilty

The trial has begun. Kočner and Zsuzsová plead not guilty to the murder.Michaela Terenzani, 13. Jan 2020, at 13:45

Marian Kočner is escorted to the courtroom.

How the Kuciak case changed Slovakia (overview)

The far-reaching consequences of the murder: What happened in Slovakia between February 2018 and now.Michaela TerenzaniNina Hrabovská Francelová, 12. Jan 2020, at 8:34

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