Miroslav Uchnár, the former director of the Border Police in Sobrance of the Office of Border and Immigration Police was detained on February 15 by officers of the inspectorate of the Interior Ministry. Charges of bribery and abuse of public office were filed against the former director, the spokesman of the Interior Ministry Erik Tomáš told the SITA newswire.
Before Uchnár was charged with the offence he was dismissed from his directorial post and suspended. In 2009 he allegedly accepted a bribe of €2,600 for agreeing to hire a 32-year woman to a position in the Border and Immigration Police.
Uchnár was suspended by the newly appointed Chief of the Border and Immigration Police Robert Zaplatílek. He was put in charge of the department on February 10 after Tibor Mako resigned from the post over the scandal around RDX explosives that found their way to Ireland in a messed up sniffer dog training at the Poprad Airport. Zaplatílek arrived in his new position from the Inspection of the Interior Ministry.
“There are suspicions and indications that other, similar failures in the Office of Border and Immigration Police have occurred and the role of the new management is to investigate them and take relevant measures,” SITA quoted Tomáš. SITA
Compiled by Michaela Stanková and Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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17. Feb 2010 at 14:00