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Kozolka says he will sue Sme for libel

Prosecutor Jaroslav Kozolka, who was reported in mid May to have worked for the communist-era intelligence services, will turn to the National Security Authority (NBÚ) with a request to check his security clearance, saying he is even prepared to undergo a lie-detector test. Kozolka has also announced that he will submit a criminal complaint against the Sme daily for libel, based on reports about him which it has published, the SITA newswire reported on May 28.

Prosecutor Jaroslav Kozolka, who was reported in mid May to have worked for the communist-era intelligence services, will turn to the National Security Authority (NBÚ) with a request to check his security clearance, saying he is even prepared to undergo a lie-detector test. Kozolka has also announced that he will submit a criminal complaint against the Sme daily for libel, based on reports about him which it has published, the SITA newswire reported on May 28.

Sme reported on cooperation between Kozolka and communist counter-intelligence service in its May 23 issue, saying that he became member in 1989. Sme wrote that the evidence was provided by the Institute for Studies of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague, which oversees communist-era Czechoslovak records. The daily wrote that Kozolka should not have been given security clearance by the NBÚ since former counter-intelligence agents are technically barred from high-level access to confidential materials. It is a mystery how Kozolka obtained security clearance, given his past, Sme wrote, adding that the NBÚ is prohibited by law from commenting on the clearances it grants.

Meanwhile, based on a request by the opposition, MPs invited current NBÚ director Jozef Magala to explain how it is possible that Kozolka received his security clearance, Sme wrote.

Sources: SITA, Sme

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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