Man arrested for demanding money for politician's "protection"

WITH THE ASSISTANCE of Pavol Rusko, the chairman of the New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) party, Slovak police apprehended a man on March 6 who had demanded Sk10 million (€270,000) from the former Economy Minister.

The money was allegedly in return for protecting Rusko and his family from a possible kidnapping plot, mafia racketeering, and a slander campaign, ANO spokeswoman Magda Krasulová told TASR news agency.

According to available information, the man contacted Rusko about two weeks ago.
Two judges, a prosecutor, and a high-ranking police official were also involved somehow. Police will release more information about the case today.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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