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Mob boss closer to life in prison

THE ALLEGED boss of central Slovakia's underworld, Mikuláš Černák, has been charged with yet another murder. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

THE ALLEGED boss of central Slovakia's underworld, Mikuláš Černák, has been charged with yet another murder. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Černák is currently serving 8.5 years in Ilava jail for extortion and tax fraud. He is due to be released in October this year, but if convicted of this and other murders he is suspected of having carried out or plotted, he might end up in jail for life, the Pravda daily wrote.

Police say that in February 1997, Černák and three other people murdered Pavol Lenárt, who was also an underworld figure.

Police Vice-President Jaroslav Spišiak said on April 5 that investigators had discovered that Lenárt was lured from Prievidza to Banská Bystrica, where he was shot twice in the head in the office of Černák's Security 3 company.

According to Spišiak, Lenárt was probably murdered because "he did not fit into the structures of the underworld". The exact motives for the murder are under investigation.

Apart from Lenárt, Černák is also under investigation for his involvement in the death of Imrich Oláh, who has been implicated in the assination of police informant Róbert Remiáš, as well as the slaying of alleged mafia members Milan Šipoš, Emil Peter Kleščo, Emil Potančo and Marián Karcel.

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