Interior ministry seeks to get to grips with foreign intelligence spending

Minister of Interior Milan Chovanec has confirmed that officials are investigating suspect transactions carried out by the foreign intelligence service. Reporting on the probe Friday, the daily newspaper Dnes said that transactions included the purchase of property to serve for secret meetings and accommodation for agents. One piece of property was bought near an interior ministry site and turned out to be useless and another was purchased and renovated at considerable cost and then sold after also being found surplus to requirements. The paper pointed out that checks on spending by the foreign intelligence service, the Office for Foreign Relations and Information, is effectively carried out by the office itself.