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MPs: Spy agency wrongly applied for wiretap warrants, also bugged opposition spokesman

The parliamentary defence and security committee suspects that the Military Defence Intelligence Service (VOS), the counter-intelligence agency of the Defence Ministry, made fraudulent applications to judges to approve wiretaps.

The parliamentary defence and security committee suspects that the Military Defence Intelligence Service (VOS), the counter-intelligence agency of the Defence Ministry, made fraudulent applications to judges to approve wiretaps.

The head of the committee, Martin Fedor (Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ)) said that requests to judges might have been copied, especially the reasoning for wiretapping, together with some other flaws, the Sme daily reported on Friday, December 9.

Secret agents under Galko wiretapped journalists and were also interested in bugging the phone of opposition Smer party spokesman Erik Tomáš, Sme reported. VOS interest in Tomáš was confirmed by former interior minister Robert Kaliňák (Smer), who disclosed classified information to do so. Kaliňák said that violations of the law must be disclosed, and not considered secret. On Thursday, MPs adopted a resolution stating that the VOS did not fulfil its legal obligations, and Fedor added that suspicions had surfaced of privacy violations.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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