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Slovakia: Prosecutor General Loses Dispute With President Kovac

Bratislava, 18 November 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Slovakia's Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of President Michal Kovac in a dispute between him and the country's top prosecutor in a high-profile case.

The court Friday ruled that the refusal of Prosecutor General Michal Valo to enact a presidential pardon was unconstitutional.

Kovac had granted a pardon to a former counter-intelligence (SIS) agent, Oskar Fegyveres, who confessed to taking part along with other SIS agents in last year's abduction of Kovac's son to Austria.

The court ruled that Valo's challenge of the presidential right to pardon was unsubstantiated. CTK news agency quoted Valo as saying he "fully respected" the ruling and did not want to comment on it.

In August, Valo had blocked the pardon that Kovac granted Fegyveres. The investigation of the case involving the kidnapping of Kovac's son has now been put on hold by Slovak government authorities. Kovac has accused the SIS of orchestrating the kidnapping to try to discredit him. Kovac has a running feud with Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar.