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"Skupinka" does not exist

THE SPECIAL police investigation regarding the "skupinka" (group) case, in which PM Mikuláš Dzurinda believed a group of people was damaging the state and his party, the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), has been completed and has found the allegations unfounded.

Investigators concluded that the group does not exist and Attorney General Dobroslav Trnka said that the prosecutors would most likely agree with the police findings, the Slovak daily SME wrote.

The case broke out in August last year and resulted in the recall of former Defence Minister and SDKÚ member Ivan Šimko as well as the head of the National Security Office (NBÚ), Ján Mojžiš.

As a result of the recalls, Šimko and a group of seven SDKÚ MPs left the party and became independent MPs, a move that has drawn the ruling coalition into a minority position in parliament.

Despite the results of the investigation, however, Dzurinda told the press that he did not regret how he had acted and he thinks that "it is thanks to my actions that the aggressive campaign against the SIS [intelligence service] has ceased and there is now calm. The NBÚ is doing its job in line with the law and not according to the wishes of some thieves."

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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