The recently published text messages exchanged between Marian Kočner and Alena Zsuzsová suggest that the former planned to save the government of Robert Fico with the help of the far-right People’s Party – Our Slovakia (ĽSNS) led by Marian Kotleba.
Kočner wanted ĽSNS to ensure that the government would continue ruling, even if Most-Híd decided to leave the coalition after the murders of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová. He presented these plans to Zsuzsová in the messages encrypted via the Threema app, the Sme daily reported.
Only two weeks after the public learned about the murder, Kočner told Zsuzsová via text message that Fico had a plan to save his government.
“He’s not stupid… He would rule without Most,” Kočner wrote on March 11, 2018, as quoted by Sme. “With the silent support of Kotleba.”
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When Zsuzsová asked why he thought so, Kočner replied that he had arranged that the Supreme Court would not accept the motion of General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár to dissolve ĽSNS.“They owe me something,” Kočner wrote, as quoted by Sme.
In fact, the Supreme Court did not dissolve the party, but the ruling was issued more than a year later. The judges did not find enough evidence proving the party is an immediate threat to democratic society and called the motion weak. A similar evaluation was voiced by several experts, Sme wrote.
ĽSNS has denied the information of Kočner having an influence on them, or that they had met with him or that he would try to arranging some things at the court in their favour. They did not admit to silently supporting the government with anyone from the coalition either, said the party’s deputy chair Martin Beluský.
“We consider it an effort to discredit our party,” Beluský said, as quoted by Sme.
However, ĽSNS has supported the ruling parties Smer and the Slovak National Party (SNS) in several votes, Sme wrote.
State secretary and Harabin mentioned, too
In case Most-Híd decided to leave the coalition, Kočner presented a plan according to which SNS would receive the Environment Ministry and the Transport Ministry, while the Justice Ministry would be led by then-state secretary Monika Jankovská, whom Kočner called “my monkey”, as the Denník N daily reported.
All three ministries are led by Most-Híd nominees. The rumour that Fico threatened leaving the coalition if they insisted on early elections has been confirmed for Sme by a source from the ruling coalition. However, Fico did not talk about ruling with the support of ĽSNS as Kočner described it. He would only take the ministries from the party, the daily reported.
Kočner also mentioned his intention to cooperate with Štefan Harabin, failed presidential candidate and ex-Supreme Court president, who served as justice minister in the first Fico government. The two also have the same lawyer: Michal Mandzák, the Topky.sk website reported.
Harabin responded that he has never met with Kočner, and calls the fact that they share a lawyer a coincidence, Sme wrote.
MP Fedor rejects links to Zsuzsová
The messages sent via Threema further suggest that Kočner knew that Gábor Gál of Most-Híd would replace Lucia Žitňanská as justice minister. Zsuzsová responded that she had contacts with Gál via Facebook.
Gál has rejected knowing Kočner or Zsuzsová and meeting either of them.
In one message, Kočner also mentions Most-Híd MP Martin Fedor, asking Zsuzsová to check what the situation in his party is.
Fedor has denied knowing or communicating with Kočner or Zsuzsová, Sme wrote.
The surveillance of Sulík confirmed
The communication between Kočner and Zsuzsová confirms an earlier testimony of Peter Tóth, who said he was following Richard Sulík, chair of the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party based on Kočner’s order. It concerned the allegations that Sulík was taking cocaine during his birthday party, the Aktuality.sk website reported.
Sulík was surprised by the information.
The communication also suggests Kočner was interested in SaS MP Jozef Rajtár, Aktuality.sk wrote.
19. Aug 2019 at 13:42 | Compiled by Spectator staff