Illegal migrants will have to be handcuffed while being escorted by police, Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic decided on Thursday, October 14, after three foreigners escaped from a police car as they were being escorted by two officers of the Border and Foreigners' Police on Wednesday, October 13.
As a consequence of the incident, Lipšic sacked the head of the Border Police mobile unit. Disciplinary proceedings have also begun against the two policemen directly involved, Interior Ministry spokesman Gábor Grendel said, as reported by the SITA newswire. The investigation into the case has revealed several errors regarding the escort, such as an insufficient number of policemen providing the escort, inadequate securing of the escort, as well as slip-ups by the guards during the handover of the illegal migrants to a police detention facility for illegal migrants in Medveďov, Grendel told SITA.
Despite immediate efforts by several police units, the escaped detainees were not found. Grendel added that police have learnt from international databases (information was obtained from Moroccan passports found at the site where the detainees were arrested) that the escapees are not recorded as dangerous criminals but regular migrants whose probable intention was to pass through Slovakia to countries further west.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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15. Oct 2010 at 10:00