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Three gang-related murder cases reopened

THE POLICE have reopened three gang-related murder cases from the 1990s, including that of the murder of alleged Košice crime boss Robert Holub.

THE POLICE have reopened three gang-related murder cases from the 1990s, including that of the murder of alleged Košice crime boss Robert Holub.

New facts about the cases emerged during an investigation of the criminal activities of the Sýkorovci gang, the SITA newswire reported, adding that altogether nine people are accused. Sme reported that some of the new information might be connected with the police’s discovery of an arsenal of weapons in Bratislava in April this year, which was allegedly used by the Sýkorovci gang, possibly in the murders that are being reinvestigated.

The alleged gang boss, Róbert Lališ, as well as another prominent organised crime figure, Mikuláš Černák, are among the nine accused.

One of the reopened cases involves the 1997 murder of alleged Košice crime boss Robert Holub. His attackers made three attempts to finish him off, after first failing to kill him by shooting at him from a motorcycle, and later in Hotel Danube in Bratislava. He was eventually shot dead in his bed in Bratislava’s Kramáre hospital, where he was taken for injuries he sustained in the Hotel Danube shooting, SITA wrote.

The second murder occurred in 1998, when the body of a man was found in front of his home in Devínska Nová Ves.

In 2000 another man was murdered on a highway in Slovakia, SITA wrote.

If proven guilty, the accused face severe punishment. Seven of them are currently in jail for other crimes, while the other two remain at large.

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