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Slovenian opposition leader detained in probe

FILE - A Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 photo from files of Slovenian opposition leader, Zoran Jankovic, celebrating after his parties gains in the country's parliamentary elections. Police say the leader of Slovenia's opposition who is also mayor of the capital Lj
FILE - A Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 photo from files of Slovenian opposition leader, Zoran Jankovic, celebrating after his parties gains in the country's parliamentary elections. Police say the leader of Slovenia's opposition who is also mayor of the capital Ljubljana has been arrested in a major corruption investigation. Police searched Zoran Jankovic's house and his office in the capital on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. His son Jure Jankovic, a businessman, has also been arrested. The National Bureau for Investigation says police have been searching 23 homes in Slovenia in connection with a corruption investigation. It gave no other details.
Matej Leskovsek, File, Associated Press

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — Slovenia's main opposition leader was among five people detained Thursday in an alleged multimillion-dollar corruption investigation into the building of a sports complex, investigators said.

Police searched Zoran Jankovic's house and his office in the capital, Ljubliana, where he is also mayor. His son Jure Jankovic, a businessman, was also detained.

Robert Crepinko, head of the National Bureau of Investigation, said police searched 23 homes in Slovenia in the probe into suspected irregularities with the sports hall in Ljubljana.

"The focus of the investigation is financial transactions worth more than €10 million ($12.8 million)," he said.

Crepinko gave no other details.

Media in Slovenia reported that Jankovic is suspected of abuse of office and of siphoning city funds to companies with ties to himself and his family.

He has dismissed previous allegations of corruption, claiming they were politically motivated.

Jankovic and his center-left Positive Slovenia coalition won the most votes in a parliamentary election last December. But he failed to form a government and a center-right coalition led by current Prime Minister Janez Jansa took power.

The two men are longtime rivals.