Police in second goof as handcuffed prisoner escapes custody

A man suspected of drugs-related crimes is still on the run after escaping from a police station in Senica, western Slovakia, on December 29. The Sme daily reported that he managed to escape despite being handcuffed, and that the police are still looking for him. The news only emerged after an anonymous reader tipped off Sme about the incident: the police had not publicly reported the suspect’s escape, and only confirmed that it had happened when the newspaper made specific enquiries.

A man suspected of drugs-related crimes is still on the run after escaping from a police station in Senica, western Slovakia, on December 29. The Sme daily reported that he managed to escape despite being handcuffed, and that the police are still looking for him.

The news only emerged after an anonymous reader tipped off Sme about the incident: the police had not publicly reported the suspect’s escape, and only confirmed that it had happened when the newspaper made specific enquiries.

“The police immediately took all measures necessary to secure his detention again, but we have not yet been successful and are continuing to search for him,” Trnava regional police spokesperson Martina Kredatusová told Sme, adding that the police officers responsible had already been disciplined and will be punished by having 15 percent of their salaries cut for three months.

Kredatusová said that the police had not informed the public about the incident because the detained man wasn’t considered a danger to the public.

Interior Ministry spokesperson Erik Tomáš said the minister had not been informed about the case.

“What other scandal has to come before Interior Minister [Robert] Kaliňák will take political responsibility?” opposition deputy Martin Fedor, of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), said when asked about the case. The opposition is already planning to file a motion of non-confidence in Kaliňák over a recent incident in which the Slovak police mislaid a package containing high explosive in an airline passenger’s luggage during a botched security exercise. The man, a Slovak citizen, then unwittingly carried it from Poprad Airport to Dublin on a commercial flight.

Compiled by Michaela Stanková from press reports
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