Former soldier Miroslav Marcek confessed to shooting and killing Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova during interrogation by the National Crime Agency, TA3 TV reported on April 11.
Jan Kuciak was killed in February 2018 alongside his fiancée in their apartment. The murder sparked protests and a political crisis leading to the resignation of long-time prime minister Robert Fico and interior minister Robert Kalinak.
Kuciak is believed to have been killed in connection with his last article for Aktuality.sk covering alleged tax fraud connected to the luxury Five Star Residence in Bratislava and the suspicious activities of businessman Marian Kocner and his links to the ruling political party Smer-SD.
“With regards to the fact that preparatory proceedings are not public, it's impossible to comment on questions concerning the course of taking evidence. With regards to the ongoing investigation, we will comment neither on the course of investigation, nor on individual steps at this stage to avoid marring or complicating the investigation,” said spokesperson of the Special Prosecutor's Office Jana Tokolyova to Slovak News Agency.
Kuciak’s murder was unprecedented in the modern history of Slovakia. Although two other journalists have gone missing – Pavol Rypal since 2008 and Miroslav Pejko since 2015 – a confirmed murder of a journalist had not occurred since 1990.