Kočner allegedly made a death threat against ex-general prosecutor Trnka

The recently published conversation concerns the Gorilla file, describing corruptive practices.

Marian KočnerMarian Kočner (Source: Sme)

Instead of investigating the Gorilla corruption case, ex-general prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka hid the recording in his safe for Marian Kočner. After he left the post in 2011, he and his two accomplices tried to blackmail Jaroslav Haščák, co-owner of the Penta financial group, who is heavily featured in the transcribed file that leaked to the internet in late 2011.

After learning what they had done, Kočner threatened them with murder, and even recorded the conversation.

The Denník N daily now published the recording of a debate between Kočner and Trnka from summer 2014 that lasts 70 minutes. It suggests the influence Kočner had on Trnka.

“I want to know who copied the samples you had sent to Haščák,” Kočner told Trnka, as quoted by Denník N. “I want to know how many copies have been made, apart from the one I took from you. I want to know why you did it and why you lied to me. So start talking.”

Kočner goes on to threaten Trnka and his son.

Related articleVoices on the Gorilla recording are authentic Read more 

The police have had the recording since November 2018, and they already received an expert opinion confirming that the voices belong to Kočner and Trnka, and that the discussion had not been manipulated or altered.

They have not pressed any charges yet, claiming they are still investigating the case, Denník N wrote.

Trnka still serving as prosecutor

Trnka left the office in 2011, after serving seven years as the general prosecutor. At the time, the media already suspected him of making decisions in favour of Kočner. He, for example, decided on releasing Jozef Majský, suspected of embezzling the non-governmental companies BMG Invest and Horizont, and ordered to stop prosecution in the Gorilla case.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Dobroslav Trnka

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

News digest: Slovakia will receive more than 4 million vaccines

Schools will continue with distance education. Curfew will be applied on January 25 and 26 too.

Illustrative stock photo

I receive more hate mail than I used to, says outgoing transparency watchdog director

Gabriel Šípoš leaves Transparency International Slovakia after 11 years. Slovakia has gone a long way in transparency, he says.

Gabriel Šípoš

Conservative NGOs received gender equality subsidies despite experts' recommendations

Leaked documents show the recipients of the Labour Ministry’s 2020 subsidies were favoured even though they did not achieve the highest score in the competition.

Labour Minister Milan Krajniak (Sme Rodina)