On May 26 the financial daily Hospodárske Noviny reports comments critical of the Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS) by former Agriculture Minister Miroslav Jureňa, who is an MP for the junior coalition party, the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (ĽS-HZDS). On its cover page, the daily quotes Jureňa as saying that a file, featuring compromising material, is established by the SIS on each new politician. He says that the largest coalition party, Smer-SD, “is guarding” its positions in the SIS and probably has reasons for doing so. Jureňa is critical of the fact that the SIS is supervised by a Smer-SD nominee, Jozef Magala, and hence controlled by a single political party. The ĽS-HZDS previously failed to get its nominee, Igor Urban, into the SIS because Magala would not agree to his nomination. ĽS-HZDS leader Vladimír Mečiar hit back by stating that Magala did not enjoy his trust. Jureňa's critical comments come after recent allegations that some parliamentary deputies were being bugged. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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26. May 2008 at 15:00