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Mafia trial begins in Prešov

THE TRIAL of Mikuláš Černák, who was once referred to as the head of the Slovak underworld, and two accomplices started on November 10.

THE TRIAL of Mikuláš Černák, who was once referred to as the head of the Slovak underworld, and two accomplices started on November 10.

Černák has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder, for which he could face 15-25 years in jail, and one count of conspiracy to murder, for which he could face life imprisonment, the Sme daily reported. The trial is taking place under tight security behind the walls of the maximum-security prison in Prešov, eastern Slovakia. It is expected to take five weeks, and dozens of witnesses are to set to testify.

Černák has already lodged an objection saying that the panel of judges hearing his case is prejudiced, and has refused to testify until his objection is ruled upon. Therefore, his testimony was read aloud at the preliminary hearing, the SITA newswire wrote.

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