14. 08. 2019 14:31
Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, who is also the vice-chair of the largest governing SMER-SD party, believes that former police corps president Tibor Gašpar should not be included on the party's slate for the upcoming general election in early 2020. This was his reaction to speculation that Gašpar, who stepped down after mass protests following the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fianceé Martina Kušnírová, might run for a post as MP in his party's colours. Gašpar considers the Prime Minister's statements to be part of his new media strategy and chasing political points. He also called his stance liberal and said that Pellegrini should rather consider joining Progressive Slovakia.
Approximately half a year before his death, Kuciak filed a criminal complaint for threats against the controversial entrepreneur Marián Kočner, who is now charged of ordering the murder. However, the police did not react to the complaint.