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Last of Kováč Jr. kidnappers surrenders to police

Ľuboš Kosík, the last of three men suspected to be the actual kidnappers of Michal Kováč Jr. to Austria in August, 1995, surrendered to police on November 4. Slovak police investigators had announced on October 19 that Martin Lieskovský, Miroslav Segita and Kosík were being charged with the kidnapping, and that a nationwide manhunt would begin for the three culprits. Lieskowský and Segita turned themselves into police the next day.

Upon surrendering, Kosík was detained and questioned. The three men are charged with violently abducting the son of former Slovak president Michal Kováč, forcing him to drink whisky, throwing him into the trunk of a car and dropping him off in front of an Ausrian police station in Hainburg.

At the time, Kováč Jr. had an international warrant out for his arrest from Germany. However, a court in Vienna ruled that he could not be extradited and that he would be returned to Slovakia because his human rights had been violated.

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