Dead body may be Italian citizen
A dead body found on August 31 in a forest near this western Slovak town of 26,000 was, "with very high probability," identified as that of Daniel Seno, an Italian citizen who was reported missing and presumed dead since August 23, city police announced that day.
The police said that the body was badly decomposed as a result of the very warm weather, adding that it was most probably lying in the woods for about a week. That would correspond to the police's theory according to which Seno was killed right after his kidnapping.
On the morning of August 23, Seno was reportedly kidnapped by two unknown men in his own car, a VW Golf with the license plate number TV 984 936. The two men were seen walking into Seno's garage with him, but left without him in his car.
Seno, 31, worked as a technician with the sports shoemaking company Rialto Bošany. In the course of the last year, two celebrated killings have occurred in Partizánske, with both victims being members of top management of the largest shoemaker in the Partizánske region, CEBO Holding. However, Partizánske police chief, Jozef Beličin, refused to elaborate on a possible connection between the two killings and Seno's death.
Gas reservoir leaks for several days
Slovakia's biggest gas reservoir, located near this tiny western Slovak village of 550, cracked on September 1 during a routine repair of the reservoir's underground probe, leaking gas for five days as firefighters grappled with how to repair it. According to eyewitnesses, a humming noise from the leaking gas could be heard as far as several hundred meters away.
Rescuers, however, said only a 30-meter radius was hazardous, thereby excluding that the two nearest villages, Suchohrad and Jakubov, could be in danger if the gas exploded.
The Suchohrad reservoir is the biggest gas storage facility on Slovak territory and belongs to the gas storage firm Nafta Gbely. The recent accident was the fourth at gas storage facilities located on the border with Austria in the post-war period.
Opposition bloc releases program
Five opposition parties grouped in the Slovak Democratic Coalition (SDK) convened in this northwestern Slovak town of 61,000 on August 30 to officially challenge Premier Vladimír Mečiar's Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) in next year's parliamentary elections.
"We solemnly declare that we understand this program to be our contract with the citizens of Slovakia and that it is sacred to us," the memorandum, called "Program for Slovakia," reads. "There are only two options in this struggle - a democratic state or an undemocratic state. A third option does not exist."
The bloc is: the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), the Democratic Union (DU), the Democratic Party (DS), the Social Democratic Party (SDSS) and Slovakia's Green Party (SZS).
Compiled by Daniel Borský from press reports
11. Sep 1997 at 0:00