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Former spy boss Lexa released from jail

IVAN Lexa, former head of the Slovak Information Service (SIS), was released from prison on June 5 on the recommendation of a Bratislava district court.

Lexa had been in jail for more than half a year, accused of fraud, sabotage, trafficking in illegal weapons, abuse of office, and contracting the mafia to kill former police officer Robert Remiáš in April 1996.

When first facing charges, he fled the country, and was eventually tracked down in South Africa with the help of Interpol.

Interior Minister Vladimír Palko said that new evidence existed in the Remiáš case: "A further three witnesses have corroborated the statements, implicating Lexa. They have stated that Remiáš was followed by the SIS, and that there are falsified documents in connection with his murder."

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