Marian Kočner had journalist Ján Kuciak followed. After his team found nothing against Kuciak, he decided to have him killed. He also planned to escape, and he communicated about his plan with Tomáš Rajecký, whose name is featured on the so-called mafia lists.
Denník N reported on the recent development, citing the 25-page-long statement of charges against Kočner.
Prosecutors charged Kočner with ordering the murder on March 8.Read also:Read more
The document states that the police found records proving Kuciak was followed in Kočner's possession. He allegedly passed those records on to Alena Zsuzsová, also facing charges in the case, who then passed them on to the people who executed the murder (three other men are charged).
Kočner has communicated with Zsuzsová since 2012. He used her to gain compromising material on politicians and influential business people, so he could blackmail them later on.
Kočner and Zsuzsová called these activities "grazing sheep". Kočner paid Zsuzsová €30,000 for a first-category sheep, and €10,000 for a second-category sheep.
They planned to murder Maroš Žilinka, prosecutor of the Special Prosecutor's Office, who oversees the Technopol case (where Kočner also might face charges).Read also:Read more
The document of charges also shows that after the murder of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová, Kočner realised he was losing power. In April 2018, he communicated with Tomáš Rajecký, a man known from the so-called mafia lists as an alleged member of the Piťovci group.
Kočner wrote to him, admitting he might not get away with this, and they discussed that "Bašternák will go first". Kočner also wrote that "it is time to slowly get out of here".
"International waters is the deal. The ship has been ordered," Kočner wrote.
22. Mar 2019 at 16:52 | Lucia Krbatová