A person who has admitted to arranging the homicide of an investigative journalist and his fiancée in Slovakia informed a courtroom Tuesday that he did so on the behest of native businessman Marian Kocner.
Zoltan Andrusko informed a courtroom within the city of Pezinok, north of the capital Bratislava, that he was the intermediary “at the request of Mr. Kocner.” Kocner, who denies any involvement within the slaying, had allegedly threatened Jan Kuciak following publication of a narrative about him.
“I am terribly sorry about what happened,” Andrusko stated. “It’s impossible to fix it, but I will try to do all I can to set things right.”
Andrusko confirmed the prosecution’s declare a complete of 70,000 euros ($101,712 Cdn) was paid, 50,000 of which in money and the remaining 20,000 to forgive a debt.
Andrusko was among the many unique 5 suspects charged in relation to the alleged contract killing of Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova in February 2018 that subsequently introduced down the nation’s authorities. But he made an settlement to co-operate with prosecutors in alternate for a decrease sentence. He has already acquired a 15-year jail time period on Dec 30.
The 4 defendants nonetheless standing trial face potential jail sentences of 25 years to life. The man suspected of taking pictures the couple pleaded responsible Monday. The different three defendants, together with Kocner, have all pleaded not responsible to homicide fees.
Kuciak was shot within the chest and Kusnirova was shot within the head at their residence within the city of Velka Maca, east of Bratislava, on Feb. 21, 2018. Both had been aged 27.
The killings triggered main avenue protests and a political disaster that led to the earlier authorities’s collapse. Kuciak had been additionally investigating doable authorities corruption.
It is just not clear when a verdict is perhaps issued.