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Dentons Litigation Team Represents TV Markiza in Criminal Trial of Former Owner

Dentons Litigation Team Represents TV Markiza in Criminal Trial of Former Owner

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On January 12, 2021, the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic confirmed the verdict delivered by the Specialized Criminal Court in February 2020 on the forging of four promissory notes of private television broadcaster TV Markiza. Businessman Marian Kocner and former minister Pavol Rusko, a onetime owner of TV Markíza, were accused of forging the promissory notes and using them to demand EUR 69 million from the television station. Both Kocner and Rusko were convicted of forging the promissory notes and were each sentenced to 19 years’ imprisonment. Dentons' Litigation team in Bratislava represented TV Markiza in the case.

Dentons Partner Daniel Lipsic led the firm's team, with support from Senior Associate Miroslava Jesikova and Associate Dagmar Horvathova.

Lipsic is also representing the parents of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak pro bono in criminal proceedings related to the charges of murder brought against Marian Kocner for allegedly murdering Kuciak and his fiancee several years ago, which Dentons describes as "one of the most high-profile trials in Slovak history."  The Specialized Criminal Court cleared Kocner of ordering the killings in September 2020, and the case is now on appeal. 

 

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