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Nine men suspected of distributing child pornography

SLOVAK police detained nine men suspected of involvement in the possession and distribution of child pornography as part of an operation code-named "Baleno" (lightning).

National police squads in 12 EU states and the US searched more than 150 houses and arrested several people within the operation, which resulted from a worldwide investigation led by the Dutch National Police Agency, the SITA news wire wrote.

Seven house searches and three raids on other premises took place in Slovakia in Bratislava, Trnava, Trenčín and Nitra districts, according to Slovak police spokesman Martin Korch.

Officers seized 13 computers, five USB memory keys, one external hard disc, eleven memory cards, 211 DVDs, 210 CDs, 277 floppy disks, and 170 videocassettes.

Korch confirmed that the police had also searched the premises of the public TV broadcaster Slovak Television, detaining one man who is among the nine suspects.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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