Prime Minister Robert Fico partially blames the Poprad Airport for the incident when a passenger unwittingly carried explosives in his luggage to Dublin after a recent airport security botch-up, the SITA newswire wrote.
“How it is possible that the pilot who knew that a sample was on board, when the air traffic control tower was aware of this, took off and headed abroad?” the Slovak prime minister asked in Sunday’s “O 5 Minut 12”" political program on public broadcaster Slovak Television.
Fico sees no reason to sack the Interior Minister in spite of calls to do so. He said he would be of a different opinion if Kaliňák had introduced the sniffer-dog training among civilian passengers but the training has been in practice in Slovakia for several years. The Speaker of the Slovak Parliament, Pavol Paška, told SITA that he was convinced that even if a no-confidence motion against Kaliňák took place, the minister would survive it.
The case has caught attention of the European Commission as it asked for a letter with all relevant information about the incident that took place on January 2 at the Poprad-Tatry airport where the flight to Dublin originated. The EC transport spokesman, Fabio Pirotta, said on January 8 that the Commission was informed about the incident by media and stated that it did not set a deadline for Slovak authorities to provide the requested information.
The Irish Independent daily wrote that Detective Chief Superintendent Martin McLaughlin and his team would come to Slovakia to probe into the failed security test but the Slovak side denied this piece of information, adding that Ireland asked just for a report clarifying the incident. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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11. Jan 2010 at 14:00