Alleged Communist secret police agent appointed ambassador

THE CABINET has approved the appointment of Dušan Podhorský as Slovakia’s ambassador to Kazakhstan, even though he is on file as being a former agent of the Communist secret police, the ŠtB.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Eduard Kukan proposed Podhorský to the post.

Current Charge d'affaires to Kazakhstan Erik Lipták told the daily SME that the Kazakh side has already agreed to Podhorský's nomination.

Podhorský serves today as the director of the Bureau for Normalization, Standards and Testing, and he has not yet had security clearance from the National Security Office.

Podhorský claims that he never signed any cooperation agreement with the ŠtB. He says that he has already requested his file from the secret police but he has not received it yet.

Reportedly, Podhorský became an agent in September 1989.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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