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One man tries to serve another's prison term

BRATISLAVA police are investigating a curious case of suspected false identity. They believe that in March a 31-year old man began serving a prison sentence which had actually been handed down to someone else, according to the SITA newswire. However, the stand-in was discovered, and now faces charges himself.

BRATISLAVA police are investigating a curious case of suspected false identity. They believe that in March a 31-year old man began serving a prison sentence which had actually been handed down to someone else, according to the SITA newswire. However, the stand-in was discovered, and now faces charges himself.

Bratislava police spokesperson Alena Toševová told SITA that a Bratislava resident had pretended to be the convicted man, who had received a prison term for obstructing justice. But his false identity was discovered and he is now charged with falsifying and fraudulently altering public documents.

In a further twist, police investigating the offence also discovered that the stand-in had a prior conviction for illegal gun-possession for which he was due to serve prison time.

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