The 23-year jail sentence given to the convicted killer of Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova has been increased from 23 to 25 years by Slovakia’s Supreme Court. There is no further appeal against the sentence.

Miroslav Marcek, a former soldier had been hired to carry out the contract killing of Kuciak, who had been investigating links between top political leaders and the Slovak and Italian mafias before he was killed in the couple’s home in the village of Velka Maca in February 2018.

The killings outraged the Slovak public and brought about the resignation of the prime minister.

However, the trial of the man suspected of ordering the killings, Marina Kočner, ended in acquittal in September this year. His co-defendant, Alena Zsuzsová, who was close to the government, was also found not guilty. The prosecution has appealed against the acquittals.

The double murder ignited a popular revolt against the political leadership of the Central European country and led to the election as President of a lawyer in her forties, Zuzana Čaputová, who campaigned against corruption.

PHOTO: Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova