Secret-service chief steps down

Slovak Information Service (SIS) director, Vladimír Mitro, has announced that he is resigning from his position, after various politicians demanded his recall. No successor has yet been named.

"I believe that my departure would be in the interests of calming down the political situation," he said in a public statement. "'I am disappointed that although nothing has been found against me, lies have been slipped to the public by certain groups."

The SIS has come under increasing pressure in recent months following leaks of tapped telephone transcripts and criticism of Mitro's choice for head of the SIS's counterintelligence unit.

Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
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