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Minister sacks 63 cops for breach of duty

INTERIOR Minister Vladimír Palko has dismissed 63 members of the police force since he took office four months ago.

The Interior Ministry reported January 31 that the officers were dismissed because of gross violation of service oath and duty. Forty-four policemen had to leave their posts in 2002 and the remaining 19 went in January.

The most recent major cases involved two Bratislava senior officers. One was a 30-year-old senior police officer who caused a fatal car accident near Trnava while off duty. He fled the scene without providing first aid to the injured victim.

The other was a 23-year-old inspector of the vice squad, who crashed into a wall in a car with a fake licence plate. He suffered minor injuries, as did three women travelling with him. Police found 10 doses of methamphetamine in the car.

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