- President Czaputova laid flowers at the memorial plaque in the center of Bratislava
- In her opinion, the trial of not only the direct murderers, but also those who ordered the murder of a journalist, is the most important trial facing the Slovak judiciary
- Kuciak and Kusznirova were shot three years ago in the house where they lived in Veka Macza near Trnava in the west of Slovakia
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Throughout the day, flowers were laid in various cities in Slovakia and lights were lit to commemorate Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kusznirova, who was murdered with him.
President Czaputova laid flowers at the memorial plaque in the center of Bratislava. In her opinion, the suspicions of corruption mentioned by the journalist were real. She expressed hope that not only the direct murderers will be tried, but also those who ordered the murder. In her opinion, this is the most important trial facing the Slovak judiciary.
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The president also suggested that, due to the pandemic situation, everyone in the house should turn on the lights for the murdered Jan and Martina.
Prime Minister Igor Matovicz used the anniversary of Kuciak’s death in social media to evaluate journalists in Slovakia. “It is not enough to have freedom and the right to influence public opinion if the goal is to manipulate people,” wrote the prime minister. He appealed to journalists to “become Janami Kuciaki”.
The epidemic situation forced the organizers of the memory campaign to transfer them to social media. In one of them, organized by people who initiated street protests immediately after Kuciak’s death, the journalist’s father and the mother of Martina murdered with him spoke. They thanked for the remembrance of their children and expressed the hope that justice would eventually triumph.
The assassination of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusznirová
Kuciak and Kusznirova were shot three years ago in the house where they lived in Veka Macza near Trnava in the west of Slovakia. The prosecution accused businessman Martin Koczner of ordering the murder, and his friend Alena Zsuzsova of mediating in finding contractors. Both were acquitted for lack of direct evidence of guilt, but they are serving prison sentences awarded in other cases.
High sentences in the trial for the murder of a journalist were awarded to: the killer and his driver, as well as another intermediary responsible for providing information about who was to be killed.
After Koczner and Zsuzsova were acquitted, the prosecution appealed to the Supreme Court, which is analyzing the files, but the date of the case has not yet been determined.