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One of the accused for the murder of a journalist and his fiancé in Slovakia pleads guilty

MADRID, Jan. 13 (EUROPE PRESS) –

Miroslaav Marcek, one of the defendants in the case of the 2018 murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancé, Martina Kusnirova, has pleaded guilty on Monday to the charges brought against him.

The defendant, who explained that “he did not know that she (Kusnirova) was behind the door” at the time he made the shot, explained that at first, businessman Marian Kocner, another of the accused, wanted that Kuciak was kidnapped, an issue that was later dismissed.

One of the accused for the murder of a journalist and his fiancé in Slovakia pleads guilty
One of the accused for the murder of a journalist and his fiancé in Slovakia pleads guilty

In this regard, he has spoken in detail about the weapon used and how he modified it, according to information from the local newspaper 'Dennik N'. Thus, he has indicated that he treated the cartridges and gunpowder with absolute delicacy.

“I want to apologize to the victims for the damage we have caused them. Nothing can replace it,” said Marcek, who has indicated that “watching them on television and seeing their pain made me tell what happened.” “I'm sorry, but I can't undo it,” he said.

According to the defendant, who has described how the murder of the journalist occurred, the “commission” was made at the end of 2017.

Kocner, meanwhile, has pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him for possession of weapons, but has insisted he is not guilty of the murder charges.

The assassination of Kuciak and Kusnirova provoked massive demonstrations in the country against corruption, which ended with the resignation of former Prime Minister Robert Fico and his Interior Minister, Robert Kalinak, as well as the Chief of Police, Tibor Gaspar.

Kuciak and Kusnirova were shot dead at their home, located just outside the capital, Bratislava. This fact also occurred four months after the murder in Malta of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

The case is considered as evidence for the independence of the Slovak judicial and police system after the investigation showed the personal and business relationship between Kocner and various security officials.

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