11. 07. 2018 12:05
The police launched a criminal investigation at the end of June over suspicions of blackmail against SME daily reporter Adam Valček, Police Corps Presidium Spokesperson Michal Slivka confirmed for TASR on Tuesday. The journalist was allegedly threatened by Marian Kočner, a controversial entrepreneur who is already facing prosecution for counterfeiting promissory notes. "Due to pending processes, it isn't possible to provide more detailed information at this stage," TASR was told by Slivka. Earlier this year, the SME daily reported that Kočner was attempting to intimidate its reporter Valček, who was collaborating on a news story about the Technopol scandal in which Kočner supposedly acquired half a million euro. Instead of answering Valček 's questions, the controversial entrepreneur, sent back questions concerning the privacy and personal life of Valček for what he claimed was his upcoming website about journalists. Many of the questions were health and family-related, and the information couldn't have been acquired from open sources, said SME daily.