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Lexa charged with Remiaš murder

Former secret service chief Ivan Lexa was arrested yesterday for ordering the murder of police informant Robert Remiaš in 1996. Remiaš had been helping to prove Lexa’s involvement in the 1995 kidnapping of the president’s son at the time he died in a car bombing in Bratislava.

Interior Minister Vladimír Palko alleged after Lexa’s jailing that the former spy chief had ordered the killing through Bratislava mob boss Miroslav Sýkora, who was in turn gunned down in front of a hotel in February 1997.

Several Slovak media reported that a break in the case had come following the release from jail last Friday of Banská Bystrica mob chief Mikuláš Černák, who served only five years of an 8.5 year sentence for extortion. Černák was interrogated by police after his release, although Palko would not reveal the subject of the questioning.

The Bratislava I district court now has three days to decide whether to remand Lexa in custody until his trial.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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