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World champion wins with ease
Customs make contraband seizure
Drunk man unscathed after train hit
Human body parts found in mine shaft
BSE not on Slovak dining tables


Slovak Ján Germánus (right), six times the world amateur arm-wrestling champion, has set his sights on the pro circuit.
photo: TASR

Revúca
World champion wins with ease

Slovak Ján Germánus, six time amateur world champion arm wrestler, won the 90 kilogramme category arm-wrestling competition in the eastern Slovak town of Revúca on November 4. The 26 year-old defending champion saw off his opponents without difficulty.
Germánus, who has so far competed only at amateur contests, said that his ambition was to become a professional arm wrestler, and that he wants to take part in prestigous professional contests in the US.
He is planning to compete in categories above the 90 kilogramme level that he is accustomed to, and also to enter
competitons without weight restrictions.


Skalica
Customs make contraband seizure

Slovak customs officials stopped a truck carrying contraband cigarettes worth 1.5 million Slovak crowns ($60,000) November 16 at the border with the Czech Republic at Skalica in north-western Slovakia.
The driver declared the load of the truck to be 84,000 cartons of yoghurt, but it in fact turned out to be 9,816 packets of cigarettes, for which the customs duty would have amounted to 3.76 million crowns.
Before it was intercepted at the Czech/Slovak border, the truck had crossed through the Slovak-Ukraine border and had received an official confirmation of its declared load. The officer in charge at the passed border crossing is now facing disciplinary action.


Púchov
Drunk man unscathed after train hit

A man described as "totally drunk" was left unhurt after he was run over by a train coming from the western Slovak village of Malochov to Nosice as he was sleeping off a hangover on the train track.
As the train driver noticed the sleeping figure, he immediately braked but ran over the man, travelling a further 200 metres before stopping.
The victim was transported to a Púchov hospital where doctors found he was unhurt. The accident delayed the train for more than one hour, and ŽSR (Slovak Railways) is demanding financial compensation for damages.


Veľký Krtíš
Human body parts found in mine shaft

Human bones, hair, and clothes were found by policemen in an air shaft for a mine near the village of Dolné Strháre in the Veľký Krtíš district. The remains are currently being studied by the Bratislava Criminal Expert institute, and DNA investigations are being used to identify the victims. Police also think that there may be more unidentified corpses in the shaft.
According to Ján Pipta, head of the Police Presidium in Bratislava, there could be female bodies in this shaft and other surrounding mines as well. The bodies, Pipta said, are likely to be those of women from former Soviet countries. The police are checking information concerning a certain erotic salon, where women allegedly worked as prostitutes. The best prostitutes were said to have been later sold to Germany and Italy, while those who would not submit to prostitution were probably murdered and 'buried' in the Dolné Strháre coal mine.
The Veľký Krtíš district has reported several missing people since 1995. The missing people are reportedly both suspected criminals and innocent citizens. Štefan Šteiniger, head of the Banská Bystrica regional police department, said it could not be excluded that the Dolné Strháre mine area could have become a cemetery for people linked with the mafia.


Levoča
BSE not on Slovak dining tables

Doctors said November 21 that a case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a human brain-wasting condition believed to be connected in some cases with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, in the eastern Slovak town of Levoča had no connection to eating infected cattle products.
Chief surgeon of Levoča hospital Miroslav Dvorák said that tests carried out at the National Reference Centre for Neurological Viral Infections in Bratislava showed that the 76 year-old man had died of a sporadic form of the disease which affects roughly one in a million people.
Staff at the hospital said that it was important the public not be misled about the disease, and that the case be reported objectively.


Compiled by Spectator staff
from SITA and TASR

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