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Greek ambassador withdrawn after arrest

THE GREEK Foreign Affairs Ministry has temporarily withdrawn its Ambassador to Slovakia, Efstathios Daras, after he was arrested in the Greek port of Egumenitsa.

A handgun was found in the ambassador’s car. However, due to diplomatic immunity he was subsequently released, the daily SME reported.

However, Slovakia's Foreign Affairs Ministry refused to comment on the affair, the TASR news agency reported.

"It's an internal Greek affair, which is both an EU and NATO member," Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Juraj Tomaga told journalists.

The Greek Ambassador was arrested while on holiday in Egumenitsa. A gun, silencer and related weaponry were found in his car. Daras has no gun licence.

The Slovak daily Národná Obroda reported in September 2004 that Ambassador Daras was involved in smuggling weapons such as a Glock 19, CZ-83, CZ-92, TAURUS revolver, a ZKK 601 rifle and a ZKM gun from Slovakia to Greece

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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