In denial?

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In denial?

08. 10. 2019 14:39

Special prosecutor Dušan Kováčik has again denied any contact with Nitra-based businessman Norbert Bödör or with Marian Kočner, who is under investigation for ordering the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak, on top of being charged with tax fraud and other economic crimes. In September, the daily Dennik N published a transcript of the alleged communication of Kočner with Bödör, according to which Kováčik was held to be the entrepreneur's main link to the prosecutor's office. The communication allegedly shows that Kováčik met with Bödör regularly. "There have been no contacts, no handling done for these persons. I have always acted lawfully in criminal matters. I have not given anyone any information, nor have I performed any services for anyone," Kováčik repeated in front of journalists on Monday after a meeting of the parliamentary constitutional committee, where he presented the annual Special Prosecutor's Report for last year. According to his own words, Kováčik last saw Norbert and his father Miroslav Bödör several years ago - Norbert at a sports event and Miroslav at a theater performance in Nitra.

Kováčik added that the public will know in good time whether he will leave his office before his term expires. He doesn't plan to leave for now. "Given the multiplication of these attacks against me, that there is too much of it, I have to fight. I have to fight to clear my name, I cannot run. I have no reason to run," he told reporters. Kováčik could not say when a decision would be taken in the case of a group of judges and prosecutors who had their mobile phones taken away by police last month - a group that includes former Deputy Justice Minister Monika Jankovská. "The prosecutor has requested the file, will examine the file, and it will be up to her to decide whether there are grounds for filing or not," he replied to the question of whether charges would be filed.


Anca Dragu, Photo: TASR

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