Jan Kuciak was under surveillance before his death

Former journalist Peter Tóth confessed to having spied on Ján Kuciak and at least four other journalists for controversial tycoon Marián Kočner. 

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Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
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Why this story matters:

When Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his partner Martina Kušnírová were murdered, almost no one believed that their murders would ever be solved.

This month, police took four people into custody and accused them of committing the murder. We started to believe there was a chance of finding out the truth.

Police and journalists are now uncovering a complex network behind the murder.

Former journalist Peter Tóth, who worked for daily SME in the 90s and then became the head of counterintelligence for the Slovak Intelligence Service, has testified that he was spying on 5 journalists for controversial Slovak tycoon Marian Kočner.

Kočner is currently in jail after being convicted of fraud.

Tóth said Kočner paid him thousands of euros per month for information about the journalists. He argued that Kočner was simply planning a "special discrediting campaign," not a murder.

Details from the story:

  • Besides Ján Kuciak, Tóth was following four more journalists -- investigative reporters Adam Valček (SME.sk) and Monika Tódová (Denník N), Kuciak's colleague Marek Vagovič (Aktuality.sk) and editor in chief of the weekly .týždeň, Štefan Hríb.
  • Peter Tóth decided to testify when other four people were taken into custody and accused of Kuciak's murder.
  • Marian Kočner has not been accused of ordering Kuciak's murder yet.
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