New chief clears intelligence service

SME reports that according to unofficial sources from the coalition and opposition sources, Jozef Magala new head of the Slovak Secret Service (SIS)has dismissed most of the major functionaries of the preceding administration.

SME also wrote that Magala has refused to name Igor Urban, a Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) nominee, as his secretary. According to the agreement made by the leaders of the coalition parties, however, HZDS as well as the Slovak National Party (SNS) both have a right to nominate their people as SIS secretaries.

Urban was the head of a special parliamentary committee for the SIS when Ivan Lexa headed the service under the 1994-1998 Vladimír Mečiar government.

According to SME, HZDS is outraged by Magala's decision. The new SIS director allegedly said, however, that he wants to choose his co-workers by himself.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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