Specialized criminal court of the Slovak Republic on 6 April sentenced Miroslav Marceca accused of the murder of journalist Ian Kusaka and his bride Martina Kushnirova to 23 years in prison, according to the publication Aktuality.
The judge concluded that a former member of Marcek during the murder was cold-blooded and cruel (for example, in the sentence indicates that the customer of a crime is not required to kill Kushnirova, however, Marcek has not taken any action to avoid this).
The court found Marceca guilty to killing a couple, illegal penetration into a dwelling and illegal possession of weapons. During the verdict the judge said that the prison sentence was reduced in recognition of Marceca, although he confessed, “when the investigation has been moving forward.” The court also took into account that the former military had not brought to trial and repented.
The Prosecutor Juraj Nowacki insisted on 25 years in prison for Marceca. After the verdict, he said he would appeal against the verdict in the Supreme Court of Slovakia.
The journalist of the edition Aktualíty Kozak was shot dead at his home in the village of Velka mAh in February 2018, were also murdered his bride Martina Kushnirov. Kuzak was the author of a number of high profile investigations, in particular on relationships, the Italian mafia and representatives of the ruling Social democratic party of Slovakia.
On 27 September the Slovak police detained eight suspects in the murder Kusaka, but most of them were later released.
In October the Prosecutor’s office announced that the 44-year-old Alena Guava is probably the customer of murder of the journalist. It is associated with the Slovak businessman Marian Kochner. Kozak was investigating his contacts with the Italian mafia group the ‘ Ndrangheta. Rugova worked as a translator at the meetings of the entrepreneur with the guests from Italy. For the murder Kucaca the customer paid €70 thousand.
14 March 2019 businessman Cocinero was charged with ordering the murder of a journalist.
30 Dec Specialized criminal court of Slovakia has sentenced Zoltan Andrusko, who confessed to the murder of Kuzyaka.