Special Prosecutor Dušan Kováčik is one of the people criticising journalists for the information leaks from the murder investigation connected to investigative reporter Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová.
It now seems that he may be in conflict of interests in this case, the Denník N daily reported.
This refers to the communication of Marian Kočner, who stands accused of ordering Kuciak’s murder, encrypted via the Threema app. It suggests that Norbert Bödör, the son of Nitra-based businessman Miroslav Bödör, was a liaison between Kočner and Kováčik.Related articleRead more
Moreover, Bödör and Kováčik reportedly met regularly for information, Denník N wrote.
Kováčik: I have no relation to Bödör
The communication between Kočner and Bödör, exchanged between September 2017 and May 2018, is about bargains, attempts to influence criminal proceedings, and filling certain functions with concrete people. It is like a conversation between two gangsters.
Kočner asked Bödör to contact then-police president Tibor Gašpar or Kováčik to arrange the halting of the prosecution, a change of prosecutor or investigator, Denník N reported.
Kováčik said earlier this year that he has information about his so-called friendship with Bödör only from the media. He met him at cultural and sports events about eight to 10 years ago.
“I have no relation, not even a so-called above-standard relation with him,” Kováčik said back in January 2019, as quoted by Denník N.Related articleRead more
However, the Threema communication suggests that Bödör and Kováčik met in 2017 and 2018, and that they discussed topics that had really happened and were supervised or investigated by people they mention. Moreover, the communication indicates that despite the meetings, Kováčik did not want to fulfil their wishes.
General Prosecutor’s Office is looking into the case
Meanwhile, the special prosecutor keeps saying that he was meeting with Bödör. He also accused Denník N of lies and trying to recall him from the post.
The General Prosecutor’s office has confirmed that it is investigating the suspicions.Related articleRead more
“The supervising prosecutors of the Special Prosecutor’s Office informed the general prosecutor at their latest meeting that the suspicions of contacts between some prosecutors and M. K. may arise from the aforementioned communication,” said Andrea Predajňová, spokesperson of the General Prosecutor’s Office, as quoted by Denník N.
They also obliged the police officers to deal with the matter. In the case of a relevant outcome, a criminal prosecution will be launched, she added.
16. Sep 2019 at 22:30 | Compiled by Spectator staff