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SIS's Lexa renounces involvement in alleged kidknapping

Slovak Information Service Director Ivan Lexa issued an open letter on October 20 to President Michal Kováč protesting efforts by the president and others "to criminalize the SIS and its representatives." Lexa told Kováč that "neither the SIS as a state organ, nor I myself personally, had anything to do with the alleged kidnapping of your son." Lexa was responding to Kováč's statements in the Czech daily Pravo the day before, when he said he thought his son's abduction was directed by Lexa. "From what I know from various sources, there is no need to doubt it," Kováč was quoted as saying. Meanwhile, Czech President Václav Havel weighed in, saying that he hoped that democracy in Slovakia would gradually strengthen and that the reported kidnapping of Kováč's son would be resolved in an "objective" manner.

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