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UPDATED: Kočner's text messages point to close contacts with Fico

The man who faces charges of ordering the double murder used to meet with the former PM and talk on the phone with the former interior minister.

Marian Kočner arrives in Nitra for interrogation, August 13, 2019. Marian Kočner arrives in Nitra for interrogation, August 13, 2019. (Source: TASR)

Marian Kočner used to phone former interior minister Robert Kalinak and meet with former prime minister Robert Fico, according to the messages found on his mobile phone.

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The Denník N daily published some of the messages that Kočner was sending through the Threema app and that the police have decoded from his smartphone. Roman Kvasnica, the attorney of the murdered Martina's mother Zlatica Kušnírová, told the daily that this communication could be decisive evidence against him and Alena Zsuzsová. The pair have been charged with ordering the murder since autumn 2018. Both are in custody at the moment, Kočner due to another case, the promissory notes case.

Kočner and Zsuzsová have exchanged hundreds of messages between September 2017 and May 2018.

"Hold on. Kali is dealing with it. He called me yesterday," Kočner wrote to Zsuzsová in one of them. Kali is the nickname of Kaliňák. The message pertains to the political party Ciel that Kočner was planning to have registered at the Interior Ministry, at that time led by Kaliňák, whom Kočner wrote was "on my side".

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Later, two days after the murder was reported in the media, Kočner wrote "F..k... I fear Hranol is not going to make this."

Hranol, the Slovak word for prism, is the nickname that satiric websites use for Fico. Kočner used to use it a lot in communication with Zsuzsová, Denník N wrote. One week later Kočner wrote that "I have a meeting with Hranol on Sunday", and added that he is saving their "ass".

In another set of messages, also published by Denník N, Kočner and Zsuzsová mock Kuciak and the murder.

Fico, Kaliňák, and Smer so far have not commented on the published communication.

President Zuzana Čaputová called the revelations about Kočner's contacts with judicial bodies tragic and a thing that needs to stay in the past. "It is important that all these cases are investigated quickly," she said, as quoted by Sme.

Protests announced for September

In reaction to the published messages between Kočner and Zsuzsová, the For a Decent Slovakia movement announced another protest that will be held after the summer break.

"Slovakia was a mafia state, where people like Kočner dictated the most important decisions in the country," they wrote on their Facebook page. They insist that such a system was only possible, and that people like Kočner thrived in it, due to the government of Robert Fico "without any respect of the law and fundamental principles of democracy".

For a Decent Slovakia is calling for protests because "there is no place for Robert Fico in Slovak politics anymore".

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