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How to Bribe a Judge

How to Bribe a Judge

Ján Kuciak, a young Slovak investigative journalist who was murdered three years ago, never got to the bottom of what could have been the biggest story of his life. Long attuned to financial fraud and corruption, he was closely following the doings of Marian Kočner, a brash businessman who frequently appeared on television and in...

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Powerful Slovak Businessman Cleared of Murdering Journalist

Powerful Slovak Businessman Cleared of Murdering Journalist

An ex-soldier has been sent to prison for murdering Slovakian journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, but a notorious businessman accused of masterminding the killings was cleared in a shock outcome to a case that has reshaped the country’s political landscape. Tomas Szabó was sentenced to 25 years in a maximum-security facility for the killings...

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The Kočner cases

The Kočner cases

For over 20 years, the controversial businessman Marian Kočner was widely suspected of multiple financial crimes, including VAT fraud, forging promissory notes, and even taking over a popular independent TV station. Though police opened investigations into some of these cases, and the evidence of his crimes was publicly available and overwhelming, Kočner was never successfully...

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Kočner’s World

Kočner’s World

For years, Marian Kočner was one of the most wealthy and powerful businessmen in Slovakia, a man whose connections with judges and prosecutors made him virtually untouchable, and whose extravagance made him a frequent fixture in local tabloids. Today, the middle-aged businessman’s craggy face and prominent shock of black hair are mostly seen in dispatches...

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Video Shows Slovak Ex-Prosecutor Working With Alleged Murderer

Video Shows Slovak Ex-Prosecutor Working With Alleged Murderer

Leaked footage obtained by OCCRP shows Slovakia’s former Prosecutor General Dobroslav Trnka setting up a camera in what is believed to be his office with someone who appears to be controversial businessman and murder suspect Marian Kočner. The video provides new evidence of the two men’s close working relationship. The exact date and nature of the recording...

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Questions Linger After Indictment in Kuciak’s Murder

Questions Linger After Indictment in Kuciak’s Murder

More than a year after Slovak investigative reporter Ján Kuciak and his fiancee were assassinated in their home, one of the country’s richest men has been charged with ordering their murders. The allegations against Marian Kočner, who has been jailed since June in connection with financial crimes — some of which Kuciak had investigated and...