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Special team to probe Dzurinda's allegations

A SPECIAL team has been assembled to investigate the group that, according to Prime Minister Mikuláš

Dzurinda, has been intentionally destabilising the state and his party, the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union

(SDKÚ). He had connected this group to the recent article criticising the Slovak Intelligence Service, published

in the British magazine Jane's Intelligence Digest.

The prime minister refused to comment on statements made by opposition Smer's Robert Kaliňák, who had

disseminated names in association with the group, claiming that Dzurinda had labelled these people as enemies

of the state.

Kaliňák had listed National Security Office director Ján Mojžiš, police investigator Jozef Šátek, editor-in-chief

of the daily SME Martin M. Šimečka, journalist Milan Žitný and businessmen Miloš Žiak, Peter Lukeš and

Michal Lazar as members of the criminal group.

According to private TV Markíza, in his testimony to the Prosecutor General Milan Hanzel on Monday,

Dzurinda had only named Ján Mojžiš, the head of the National Security Office, and businessman Miloš Žiak as

members of the group. Mojžiš and Žiak had allegedly been involved in corruption during tenders for a Defense

Ministry IT system.

Dzurinda had claimed that he had not provided the prosecutor with any names; rather, that he possessed written

evidence against the group. The prime minister told the general prosecutor about this "criminal group" that he

says pursues "political power and business interests" to undermine the state.

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