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Slovak President Halts Prosecution of Son's Business Associates

Bratislava, July 18 (RFE/RL) -- Slovak President Michal Kovac has ordered a temporary halt to the prosecution of two of his son's former business associates, so the two can testify before German courts. Munich police want to question the two men in connection with a $2.3 million fraud case involving the Bratislava-based Technopol company.

Police also want to question Kovac's son, Michal Kovac Jr., but Kovac's order does not affect his prosecution, meaning Kovac Jr. must remain in Slovakia for the time being.

Kovac issued a statement saying he hoped that allowing the two men to travel to Germany would "help bring about the resolution of a case that has long traumatized the whole society." Kovac added that since the case was being "exploited for political purposes" in Slovakia, suspending prosecution could bring about a more "objective and lawful" solution.