Police officer surveilling journalists detained

Altogether three people suspected of cooperating with Kočner have been detained.

(Source: TASR)

The Interior Ministry’s inspection service has detained former head of the financial police’s intelligence unit, Pavol Vorobjov. He reportedly surveilled several journalists, including the murdered Ján Kuciak, following the order of ex-police corps president Tibor Gašpar.

In addition, current deputy head of the National Criminal Agency’s (NAKA) financial unit Milan Mihálik and police officer Michal Zubčák were taken in, the Nastope.sk website and the Denník N daily reported.

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The information was already confirmed by the Interior Ministry.

“The authority’s investigator is currently carrying out all necessary procedural steps,” the ministry said, as quoted by the Sme daily, without providing more details.

The prosecutor’s office did not want to comment on the case either.

Cooperation with Kočner?

The reason for detaining the trio is not clear for now.

Sme pointed out that Vorobjov has been investigated for contacts with Marian Kočner, who among other things stands accused of ordering Kuciak’s murder, and Nitra-based businessman Norbert Bödör.

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After the scandal regarding the screening of journalists, Vorobjov was withdrawn from his post and relocated to the regional police headquarters in Nitra, to the environmental crime department, Sme wrote.

Mihálik is also suspected of cooperation. He appeared in a photo from 2017, with among others, Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), attending a family party organised by Bödör, son of Miroslav Bödör who owns the Bonul security company.

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