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Archbishop on ŠtB secret police payroll

ARCHBISHOP of Bratislava-Trnava Ján Sokol was on the payroll of the ŠtB communist secret service, according to new documents that have been published by the Nation's Memory Institute (ÚPN). According to the reports, Sokol accepted money and material gifts from the ŠtB.

The documents also suggest that Sokol met with the ŠtB in a ‘conspiracy flat’ in Bratislava for at least nine years, the Sme daily wrote.

Sokol denies the allegations, arguing that his signature is missing from the documents.

The new findings are based on the accounts kept by Sokol's alleged handler Svätoslav Monsberger. According to the documents, Monsberger gave Sokol 3,000 Czechoslovak crowns, an average monthly wage at that time, only shortly before Sokol's ordination as bishop.

Monsberger, who currently has his own company in Trnava, refused to comment on the case.

Sokol continues to deny having cooperated with the ŠtB despite mounting evidence against him.

The Slovak Bishops' Conference said it would probably comment on the new evidence on Monday.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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