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No charges in Jane's investigation

THE POLICE investigation of allegations made by the British magazine Jane's Intelligence Digest (JID) that the Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS) was involved in shady practices, including the illegal arms trade, has been closed without charges.

The Slovak daily Pravda wrote on April 14 that the police investigator submitted the police file to the state prosecutor, who will now decide what the next steps will be. The initial complaint was submitted to police by former SIS director Vladimír Mitro and later supplemented by current SIS boss Ladislav Pittner.

In a series of stories published by JID last year, the SIS was accused of employing journalists as spies, having contact with former KGB (Soviet secret service) agents, using practices of the ŠtB (the former communist secret service), and illegal wiretapping.

The prosecutor, who wished to remain anonymous, said that he would study the police file and then decide on the next steps.

PM Mikuláš Dzurinda was heard in the case and, according to Pravda, Pittner and the former head of the National Security Office, Ján Mojžiš, also testified recently. Some time ago Mitro said that Mojžiš was in contact with the writer of the stories, Jiří Komínek, whom the Slovak police have failed to track down.

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