SPECIAL Prosecutor Dušan Kováčik has said he will decide whether to send a murder case against former secret service boss Ivan Lexa to trial by the end of this month.
Police suspect Lexa of having ordered the 1996 car bombing of Robert Remiaš, the best friend of the crown witness in the kidnapping of the former president’s son. Lexa is alleged to have paid underworld boss Miroslav Sýkora Sk2 million to carry out the killing in order to conceal the role of the SIS in the Michal Kováč Jr abduction.
Bratislava region prosecutor Iveta Kopčová recently dropped murder charges in the Remiaš case against Imrich Oláh, deceased, and the fugitive Jozef Roháč in the Remiaš case, saying there was no objective way in which they could have committed the act.
However, the prosecutor did not say what led her to this conclusion, and under Slovak law is not required to defend her rulings.
Special Prosecutor Kováčik has not said whether the regional prosecutor’s verdict will affect his decision on Lexa, saying only that he would explain his ruling clearly in public when he made it.
If the case against Lexa goes forward, it will be tried by the Special Court for political and organized crime cases. The Justice Ministry, which is led by a nominee of Lexa’s Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) party, has proposed that the Special Court be abolished.
20. Sep 2006 at 10:57