Kočner does not want messages with ex-deputy general prosecutor to be published

After messages leaked to the public, former deputy general prosecutor Peter Šufliarsky resigned, pledging to make them public.

Marian KočnerMarian Kočner (Source: Sme - Gabriel Kuchta)

Controversial businessman Marian Kočner disagrees with publishing more than 400 text messages he exchanged with then-deputy general prosecutor Peter Šufliarsky, the private broadcaster TV Markíza reported.

“At this stage, it is not possible since we filed a criminal complaint in regard to the leakage of information from the case file,” said Kočner's lawyer Marek Para, as quoted by TV Markíza.

This includes the businessman's texts with different people, he added.

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Some of the texts were already published by Igor Matovič, chair of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), at the end of March. Subsequently, Šufliarsky admitted to exchanging the messages and later resigned from the post on April 2, promising to publish all the messages.

However, he later announced that the communication can go public only after Kočner approves it as well.

“By giving consent, we would de facto allow for the uncontrolled spreading [of information],” said Para, as quoted by TV Markíza, “and it would not be possible to identify the original source of the leak.”

Kočner is charged in a number of crimes. This includes economic criminality and the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová.

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