Interior minister delays in announcing head of Slovak police

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák does not yet want to confirm media reports that the post of the president of Slovakia’s Police Corps will be filled by its former vice-president Stanislav Jankovič, the TASR reported after a cabinet meeting on April 18. Kaliňák said he is waiting for the outcome of an investigation in which Jankovič is accused of abuse of public office while holding the vice-president's post.

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák does not yet want to confirm media reports that the post of the president of Slovakia’s Police Corps will be filled by its former vice-president Stanislav Jankovič, the TASR reported after a cabinet meeting on April 18.

Kaliňák said he is waiting for the outcome of an investigation in which Jankovič is accused of abuse of public office while holding the vice-president's post.

"He has a problem that you all know about and I have bought a little extra time to see whether the outcome of the investigation will be positive or negative. If it's negative then the answer is clear," Kaliňák said.

The interior minister went on to say that even if Jankovič is cleared in the investigation he will still need to take a polygraph test.

"That could tell us whether in terms of work within the Police Corps this issue presents a problem or not," the minister explained.

Jankovič, who in 2009 set up a special traffic unit with the aim of catching speeding drivers, is accused of stepping in to help entrepreneur acquaintance Jan Božík who broke the speed limit. When Božík refused to pay a fine of €400, police officers from the unit set up by Jankovič took away his driving license. Jankovič, however, allegedly retrieved Božík’s license the following day.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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