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Slovak court acquits businessman in journalist's murder; one other defendant guilty

Demonstrators take part in a protest rally marking the second anniversary of the murder of the investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova, one week ahead of country's parliamentary election in Bratislava, Slovakia, February 21, 2020. REUTERS/David W. Cerny/Files

PEZINOK, Slovakia (Reuters) - A Slovak court ruled on Thursday that an influential businessman was not guilty in the case of the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak, the presiding judge said.

The court found one other defendant guilty of taking part in the murder, but did not find evidence the hit was ordered by businessman Marian Kocner.

Reporting by Radovan Stoklasa; Writing by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Toby Chopra