PM Mikuláš Dzurinda said that by recalling head of the National Security Office Ján Mojžiš an influential lobby group was now incapacitated.
Among others, the alleged group's goal was the removal of Ladislav Pittner from the top seat of the Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS).
The group is an unspecified circle of people who are allegedly working against the interests of the state and Dzurinda's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ).
Following a meeting of the parliamentary committee for the control of SIS on October 9, Dzurinda repeatedly refused to say whether Mojžiš was part of that group.
He did not rule out, however, that there were other similar lobby groups in Slovakia, but he stressed that, unlike those others, the revealed group allegedly used "wide contacts with state bureaucrats, various agencies, and the media" as its working method.
He also said that the group allegedly tried to win influence in some political parties, but refused to specify which parties they were.
"I've poked into a wasp nest," the PM said.
"The wasps sting, they sting badly, but I know it makes sense to persevere," Dzurinda said.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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10. Oct 2003 at 11:21