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New findings in Remiáš murder

THE INVESTIGATION of Robert Remiáš's murder, in which he died in a car explosion, has gone on for a decade, yet the culprits still remain unknown. Although the police said recently that they would close the investigation by the end of May, they will most likely not meet the deadline.

"Based on a prosecutor's order, the investigator has had to repeat some hearings, and new facts were revealed. Therefore, several people have to be heard again," police spokesman Martin Korch told the Hospodárske noviny daily.

Remiáš died in an unexplained car explosion in April 1996. Allegations fell on the Slovak Secret Service (SIS) as being complicit murder.

Remiáš was a go-between to Oskar Fegyveres, a key witness in a previous 1995 kidnapping of the former president's son Michal Kováč Jr. Allegations pointed at the SIS in this abduction, but after a few years of investigation then acting president Vladimír Mečiar issued an amnesty in the kidnapping case.

According to the police, former SIS director Ivan Lexa ordered the murder of Remiáš from former Bratislava underworld boss Michal Sýkora. Sýkora, who was murdered later, allegedly received Sk2 million for the Remiáš murder.

Lexa's lawyers reject any such allegations. The case is complicated largely because most of the direct witnesses in this case are dead.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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