Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic (Christian Democratic Movement (KDH)) says he has issued special orders following arson attacks on cars owned by police officers and a local mayor. He said the police have launched several operations aimed at organised crime in Slovakia’s regions.
Earlier this week the car of a Brezno policeman was set on fire, and last week a similar fate befell one used by a Považská Bystrica officer. In Brezno, the car of the town's mayor was also destroyed by fire, the Sme daily wrote in its Friday, August 12, issue. Total damage in the attacks amounted to more than €15,000.
Lipšic said that special police units have received orders to fight in a "tougher and more effective way" against criminals. The officer from Považská Bystrica has said that he believes the attack on his car was motivated by a case he is investigating, but that he had not been not given any protection. The police have not confirmed his claim. The victims of the Brezno attacks have not commented on possible motives for the attacks there.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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12. Aug 2011 at 10:00