A woman paid 70 thousand euros for Ján Kuciak's murder

Three people who allegedly murdered Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his partner Martina Kušnírová were taken into custody during the weekend. The prosecutor said they were paid 70 thousand euro to kill Kuciak.

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Why this story matters:

Seven months after the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his partner Martina Kušnírová, Slovak police arrested the culprits.

A woman named Alena Zsuzsová allegedly paid 70 thousand euros for the murder to be carried out.

The prosecutors believe Alena Zsuzsová ordered the murder on someone else's behalf. General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár said that the evidence collected by the police is very persuasive and he believes the case will be closed soon.

Alena Zsuzsová is a translator of Italian who worked for the controversial businessman Marián Kočner. He is also the godfather of Alena's daughter.

Kočner threatened Jan Kuciak over the phone last year, and is already in custody for fraud charges.

Details from the story:

  • Police took three men into custody.
  • Tomáš Szabó shot Kuciak and his fiancee.
  • Miroslav Marček drove Szabó to Kuciak's house.
  • Zoltán Andruskó communicated about the murder with Alena Zsuzsová, who ordered it.
  • The assassin allegedly shot Kuciak's partner Martina Kušnírová only because she was at home with him. 
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