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DNA database launched

SLOVAK police are hoping a new electronic database of DNA samples will help them in the fight against crime. The Slovak DNA lab is equipped with a CODIS computer system, originally developed for the FBI, according to the SME daily.

Interior Minister Vladimír Palko said that countries using a similar database have increased their rate of solving violent crimes by 30 percent.

Until now, the Slovak police have searched for suspects according to blood group. DNA profiling enables police to identify suspects with much greater accuracy, as much as 99.9 percent.

The adoption of the new system has cost Sk14 million (€362,700) to date and the Interior Ministry would like to gain further funding of Sk60 million (€1.6 million) from the EU for the system.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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