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Railway blackmailer in police hands

THE POLICE arrested a blackmailer on August 30 who had demanded Sk10 million (€238,100) from the director general of the national railway network operator, ŽSR, under the threat of casting out "an inferno on the railways".

Peter I., who conceded the crime in his home in Lúčky (district of Ružomberok), is now facing up to eight years in jail.

According to police vice-president, Jaroslav Spišiak, Peter I. "probably did not even intend to hurt anyone. He was trying [to see] whether he could force authorities to pay the money."

Peter I. sent several emails from public internet cafes in Ružomberok and Banská Bystrica, which allowed the police to quickly track him down.

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