Two escaped Slovak convicts remain at large

Two prisoners have escaped from custody in Slovakia recently - one in Bratislava and the other in Leopoldov in Trnava region, Justice Ministry spokesman Michal Jurči told the TASR newswire on February 26.

Two prisoners have escaped from custody in Slovakia recently - one in Bratislava and the other in Leopoldov in Trnava region, Justice Ministry spokesman Michal Jurči told the TASR newswire on February 26.

A prisoner who was supposed to have been doing cleaning at the Justice Palace in Bratislava at an unguarded workplace fled. The fugitive is not armed, assured Jurči. A similar case took place on Tuesday in Leoplodov prison, where a 37-year-old convict sentenced for tax fraud fled from an unguarded workplace where he worked as a cook.

According to data of the Justice Ministry and the Justice and Prison Guard Department, there are about 8,300 prisoners in Slovakia, and no cases of prison breaks have been registered in recent years.

Justice Minister Viera Petríková acted quickly in the wake of Friday's escape of a prisoner from Justice Palace and dismissed the director of the Institute for Execution of Custody in Bratislava, Jozef Mikula, TASR was told by Justice Ministry spokesman Michal Jurči on February 28.

“The Justice Ministry doesn't rule out other personnel measures and is also preparing to file a criminal complaint,” said Jurči. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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