Investigators of the illegal phone tapping of the SME daily who traced the monitoring back to the Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS) were themselves bugged and intimidated during the time of investigation, the classified investigation report claims.
Head of parliamentary defense and security committee Robert Kaliňák revealed the confidential information that military prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka had listened in on a phone conversation between two other prosecutors.
It appears that SIS agents continued monitoring the investigators' phones even after new spy boss Ladislav Pittner took his post. Pittner's appointment followed the resignation of former boss Vladimír Mitro over the allegations now covered in the investigation.
Deputy chief military prosecutor Mikulas Gardecky told the daily SME that he had been intimidated during the investigation into revelations of phone calls made by coalition party New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) boss Pavol Rusko. He also attested to the abuse of surveillance technology in Slovakia.
Compiled by Beáta Balogová from press reports
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15. Jul 2003 at 10:39