Kaliňák declares explosive incident 'a failure by one police officer '

The Slovak Interior Minister regards an incident in which a package containing high explosive was inserted into a passenger’s luggage by police and was then carried from Poprad-Tatry Airport to Dublin to have been the result of an individual failing by a single police officer, ministry spokesman Erik Tomáš said on Wednesday, January 6.

The Slovak Interior Minister regards an incident in which a package containing high explosive was inserted into a passenger’s luggage by police and was then carried from Poprad-Tatry Airport to Dublin to have been the result of an individual failing by a single police officer, ministry spokesman Erik Tomáš said on Wednesday, January 6.

Tomáš added that the officer concerned will face disciplinary proceedings. "To infer responsibility vis-a-vis his superiors, who were informed about the proceedings quite late ... would be unjust and inappropriate," said Tomáš, adding that the actions of senior staff were decisive in averting more significant problems.

According to Kaliňák, the head of the Border and Foreigners’ Police, Tibor Mako, is an experienced expert who has proven his worth a number of times. Tomáš added that Kaliňák called the authorities in Ireland on Tuesday. The explosives were placed on the Poprad-Dublin flight on Saturday, 2 January.

Mako also reportedly contacted the Slovak citizen concerned in order to make sure he'd been released following a raid on his house by Irish police and the Irish Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, and to convey his apologies to him. Ninety grams of explosive were put into the luggage of the 49-year-old man without his knowledge after he checked in for a flight from Poprad to Ireland on January 2. The contraband was inserted during a Slovak police security operation that went awry. Police at the airport hid samples of explosive into the luggage of several passengers in order to test detection procedures. However, one sample was not retrieved and was then placed on the plane with the luggage. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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