Tak nech robí, čo má. Lebo skončí ‚na Kuciaka’…😜😜😜
October 19, 2019 12:44 PM   Subscribe

"Tell [the judge] to do what she has to do, or else she'll end up like Kuciak." The February 2018 murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová, which led to massive street protests and the subsequent election of the former grassroots environmental activist Zuzana Čaputová as president of Slovakia. The investigation of the murder continues to expose new layers of judicial and political corruption.

Slovakia rocked by latest revelations in Kocner/Kuciak murder case. The latest revelations come from messages exchanged between "entrepreneur" Marián Kočner (now charged with having ordered the Kuciak murder) and various political and government figures on the Threema app, and a recording of a call between Kočner and then-Prosecutor General Dobroslav Trnka in which the two openly discuss their illegal acts.

(Article in Slovak with many of the leaked Threema messages.)

Michal Ovádek writes of Deep Rot in Slovakia:
At this point it is almost impossible to keep track of all the figures implicated in one or the other scandal. Shadowy figures seem to be floating all around the place and public trust in state institutions – and the judiciary in particular – is shot. Journalists are quite literally putting their bodies on the line to enable the population to at least catch a glimpse of the rot.
posted by Not A Thing (5 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Wow this is staggering in its scale and complexity. Thanks for sharing.
posted by smoke at 4:21 PM on October 19, 2019 [1 favorite]

Failed to note: the Slovak anti-corruption movement previously on MetaFilter (from January 2019, before Kočner's charging and Čaputová's election).
posted by Not A Thing at 8:11 PM on October 19, 2019 [2 favorites]

It looks like these are the same four who had previously been named in connection with Kuciak's murder and other planned murders. Here's a writeup from The Slovak Spectator:
The charges submitted on October 21 concern six crimes, including two first-degree murders. One concerns Kuciak and Kušnírová, the other businessman Peter Molnár from Kolárovo (Nitra Region).

“The investigation file has more than 25,000 pages and dozens of attachments, which include seized finances and valuables,” Tökölyová said, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

posted by Not A Thing at 12:07 PM on October 21, 2019 [1 favorite]

This is a fairly minor tangent, but from a lexical nerdery standpoint, I'm intrigued by one of the lesser charges against the killers in the Oct. 21 indictment (article in Slovak), porušovanie domovej slobody. This is translated (PDF) as "forcible entry into dwelling," but literally reads as something like "violating the freedom of the home." The Slovak criminal code puts it between the offenses of infringing on freedom of association (art. 195) and restricting the freedom of worship (art. 193).

I think this is exactly correct -- violation of a person's home is fundamentally a crime against liberty rather than property, and Kuciak's case is a perfect example of why it belongs right next to other such crimes -- but it's definitely not the way that such offenses are usually discussed in the Anglophone world.
posted by Not A Thing at 12:38 PM on October 21, 2019 [2 favorites]

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