A Slovak prosecutor who withheld his name for security reasons announced at a press conference in Bratislava on October 1 that a man identified as Tomáš Sz. has been detained on suspicion of carrying out the murder. A 44-year-old woman, Alena Zs., contracted the killing, according to the police, who indicated that others could be involved.
“This murder was carried out for 70,000 euros, of which 50,000 euros were paid in cash, the prosecutor said. He confirmed that
The daily Denník N and other Slovak media outlets reported that Alena Zs., who was arrested on 28 September in the city of Komárno in southern Slovakia, worked as an interpreter for Marián Kočner, a controversial Slovak businessman whose activities were covered by Kuciak on several occasions.
Asked whether Kočner was under suspicion, both the police and prosecutors declined to comment or to link Kočner with the murder. The newspaper Denník N also said he is the godfather of Alena Zs.’ child.
Accused of several crimes linked to his business activities, Kočner was arrested and placed in custody by the Slovak Supreme Court in in June 2018, especially for allegedly using forged promissory notes to demand 70 million euros from TV Markíza, Slovakia’s biggest commercial TV channel.
Slovakia fell ten places in the 2018 RSF World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked 27th out of 180 countries.