Fico says $40 million held by Slovak official

Opposition Smer party leader Robert Fico called for help from the US in investigating allegations that an unnamed Slovak state official had $40 million in foreign bank accounts.

The request was made during an extra session of parliament on corruption and cronyism yesterday. Members of Smer had called for the extra session last week to discuss a recent phone-tapping scandal and allegations linking members of the coalition to a prominent businessman.

Fico also highlighted failures and scandals that have dogged the current government. Reacting to Fico's accusations, Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda called Fico's comments "political propaganda of the lowest form".

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

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