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Spišiak: Parties seek to control police

POLITICAL parties are seeking "shadow control" of the police force at all levels, deputy police commissioner Jaroslav Spišiak said February 16.

Speaking on TV Markíza's Na Telo programme, Spišiak said links between senior police officers and political parties were particularly noticeable before last year's general election.

Fearing they would lose their jobs, some senior officers had visited party secretariats to present their ideas for the future, Spišiak claimed.

"If it were necessary to discredit the leadership at any given moment, then this is how the information would be leaked. They proceeded in a way that sometimes favoured political parties at the expense of citizens," he added.

Spišiak also admitted that the underworld had connections to state and political structures. He said Bratislava has the biggest mafia problem of all Slovak cities, but so far no concrete steps have been taken to break it up. He added, however, that the police were monitoring the situation and "when the time is right, we will strike".

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