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Palko has axed 137 policemen since appointed

SINCE Interior Minister Vladimír Palko took his post in autumn last year he has fired a total of 137 officers , 38 of whom have been released from service in the course of the last two months, Palko's spokesman said.

The spokesman, Boris Ažaltovič, also said that Palko awarded bonuses to 513 officers. Policemen who were caught driving drunk and causing car accidents were among those fired, including one 31-year old officer who, in early May 2003, hit and killed a 15-year-old cyclist on the road while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Four officers were fired over bribery and among the fired officers was also one who for nearly nine months was involved in human trafficking by transporting prostitutes to Slovenia, charging €200 for each woman.

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