The Slovak citizens who were seized by the army in the Central African Republic (CAR) last week have already been released, Slovak ambassador to Ethiopia Milan Dubcek told TASR newswire on September 3.
This information was confirmed by Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Lubos Schwarzbacher. According to him, the arrest of the seven Slovaks was a misunderstanding on the part of the Central African authorities. The Slovaks were in the country legally, on holiday, with all necessary permission from the local authorities, said Schwarzbacher.
Pan-African weekly Jeune Afrique reported earlier that soldiers seized ten Slovaks when they received a delivery of two boxes of weapons and ammunition. They were transferred to police custody in the capital Bangui.
According to media sources close to President Francois Bozize, the Slovaks were thought to be mercenaries trying to destabilise the country. Schwarzbacher resolutely denied such information, adding that the group were only hunters on holiday, according to TASR.
4. Sep 2010 at 17:00