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Lexa's lawyers say they are being watched

THE LAWYERS of Ivan Lexa, the former secret-service boss accused of ordering a murder and a number of other crimes, asked parliament February 3 to investigate suspicions that their phones are being tapped by the Interior Ministry.

One of the lawyers, former opposition HZDS party MP Ján Cuper, said the ministry was using illegal methods because the attorneys were defending a "prisoner of conscience of (PM) Dzurinda's regime".

The lawyers said they also believed that they and their families were being followed and their bank accounts checked.

"We are ready to provide evidence to parliament's committees for security and defence and for oversight of the Slovak Information Service (SIS) and military intelligence," said Cuper.

Lexa, an HZDS MP between 1998 and 2002, was charged on December 5 with ordering the car-bomb murder of former policeman Róbert Remiáš in 1996. He had already been charged with several crimes dating back to his stewardship of the SIS, including fraud, sabotage, trafficking in illegal weapons, and abuse of office.

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