Grenade hits crime boss house

A grenade exploded in front of the house of an accomplice of crime boss Mikuláš Černák, in what police called a warning to Černák not to testify against former secret service chief Ivan Lexa in a 1996 murder case.

Miloš Kaštan, whose house was affected, is serving a seven-year sentence for extortion.

Lexa was taken into pre-trial custody last week on charges of ordering the murder of former policeman Robert Remiaš, shortly after Černák was released early from an 8.5-year extortion term for good behaviour.

Černák has denied he provided evidence against Lexa in exchange for his release.

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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