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Illegal migrants escape Slovak police

THREE foreigners escaped while they were being transported to a detention camp in Medveďov by the Border and Foreigners’ Police, the Nový Čas daily reported on its website on October 13.

THREE foreigners escaped while they were being transported to a detention camp in Medveďov by the Border and Foreigners’ Police, the Nový Čas daily reported on its website on October 13.

The three men were detained in a dormitory in Bratislava on October 12 during an early-morning operation to identify illegal migrants. They claimed they were from Palestine and did not request asylum.

When a police vehicle transporting them stopped at the gates of the Medveďov detention camp, the three men got out and escaped. Nový Čas reported that they had not been handcuffed and that the police had not confiscated their personal belongings, including their mobile phones. Nový Čas suggested that they might have called an accomplice on their way from Bratislava in order to arrange car transport out of Medveďov. The police have no information about the identity of the men. However, Moroccan passports had been found at the dormitory where they were detained.

Following the incident Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic dismissed the commander of the mobile unit of the Border and Foreigners’ Police Bratislava directorate, and disciplinary proceedings were launched against the two policemen who were escorting the detainees. The minister also ordered that all detainees henceforth be handcuffed while in transit, the SITA newswire reported.


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