Slovakia Political Misery: Family Drama
Who kidnapped the president's son?
In August 1995 Michal Kovac Jr, whose father was president of newly independent Slovakia, was stopped in his car by armed men who handcuffed him, forced him to drink two bottles of whisky and began driving him to an unknown destination.
When he tried to jump out of the car, they beat him and shocked him with a stun gun.
The 34-year-old Mr Kovac woke up in Austria, where police arrested him in connection with a German financial probe.
They said they had been tipped off to his whereabouts by a Slovak informant.
An Austrian court soon released him because of the illegal manner of his detainment.
He was never charged.
Slovak police and justice officials investigating the kidnapping were frustrated when a key witness went into hiding and his police contact was killed with a car-bomb.
Still, they managed to prepare an indictment, which was later leaked.
It pinned the crime on private thugs hired by the Slovak secret services (SIS) , whose head, Ivan Lexa, was the right-hand man of Vladimir Meciar, the prime minister at the time.