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Probe into Mečiar's villa continues

FINANCIAL police continue to investigate details surrounding former prime minister and opposition HZDS chairman Vladimír Mečiar's financing of the reconstruction of his villa in Trenčianske Teplice, the Interior Ministry reported on March 10.

The case involving the funding of the Sk40 million (960,000 euro) repairs on the Elektra villa in the Trenčín region is still pending, and neither police nor the prosecutor ruled out that Mečiar or others involved had violated the law.

The Interior Ministry statement was in response to Mečiar's comments made March 9 on the political chat show Five Minutes to Twelve on Slovak Television (STV), where Mečiar claimed he had heard from the prosecutor in the case that he had not broken the law.

"The prosecutor wrote a letter in early February in which he stated that, on grounds of existing evidence, no criminal prosecution could be launched and I did not violate any law," he said.

Last July Mečiar used his right to remain silent when questioned by financial police. Circumstances surrounding the funding of the Mečiar villa triggered many run-ins with journalists during the September election campaign. On one occasion, Mečiar walked out of an interview being broadcast live when he was asked to explain the funding of Elektra.

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