An order to detain Norbert Bödör was withdrawn after a few minutes - without an explanation

Neither the Special Prosecutor’s Office nor the police have commented on the case.

Norbert BödörNorbert Bödör (Source: SME archive)

Influential businessman from Nitra, Norbert Bödör, learned about plans to detain him in early December 2018, and came to the police himself. He wanted to give a testimony in the murder case of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová.

The media asked at the time how it was possible that Bödör had learned about the plans of the police. Most recently, the Let’s Stop Corruption Foundation in cooperation with the Aktuality.sk website found out that only a few days before this happened, the Special Prosecutor’s Office issued an order to detain Bödör.

However, it was cancelled shortly thereafter.

Neither the Special Prosecutor’s Office nor the police wanted to comment on the case.

Influence over police suggested

The investigation team working on the Kuciak and Kušnírová murders decided in late November 2018 to detain Bödör due to the suspicions of committing crime. Both prosecutors and police were afraid that he could have tried to influence the witnesses, so the Special Prosecutor’s Office issued the order to detain him.

However, it was withdrawn only 27 minutes later, as the Denník N daily wrote.

Few days later, Bödör turned himself in to police.

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This train of events has been confirmed by two independent sources. This means that the cancellation of the order was not directly related to Bödör’s decision to come to the police since it happened few days later, Aktuality.sk wrote.

Bödör said in an interview with the Sme daily in May 2019 that he did not know about the order to detain him. He decided to go to the police since there had been unknown vehicles parked close to his house.

Norbert Bödör is the son of Miroslav Bödör, the owner of the biggest security service company Bonul, which has earned money on state orders during the Smer-led governments.

The recently published communication between Norbert Bödör and Marian Kočner suggests that they both had big influence with both police and the prosecutor’s office.

Special Prosecutor’s Office not commenting

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Cancelling an order after it has been issued is not common. It is only done if the circumstances change.

It is not clear what has happened in this case yet, Aktuality.sk wrote.

Apart from cancelling the order to detain Bödör, the prosecutors stopped all action concerning this person, according to the Let’s Stop Corruption Foundation.

“The supervising prosecutors of the Special Prosecutor’s Office will not comment on concrete actions to prevent marring the ongoing investigation,” said the Special Prosecutor’s Office, as quoted by Aktuality.sk.

The police told the website to contact the Special Prosecutor’s Office since it is the only institution entitled to inform about this case, the website wrote.

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