More suspicious phone taps found

The Interior Ministry has found additional unauthorized recordings of private phone conversations in its surveillance database, and has demanded the secret service account fully for its handling of the nation's surveillance system.

The findings come after several weeks of tension in the government over the allegedly illegal recording of a telephone interview between a journalist and Pavol Rusko, head of the ruling coalition ANO party.

Rusko has said he no longer trusts Interior Minister Vladimír Palko of the Christian Democrats party, but Palko denies authorizing any surveillance of Rusko, and argues the secret service administers all surveillance equipment.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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