Guards’ chief resigns

He leaves following the incident in late June in the Presidential Palace, but will leave the post only in January.

Presidential Palace in Bratislava.Presidential Palace in Bratislava. (Source: Sme)

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák accepted the resignation of Office for Protection of Constitutional Officials and Diplomatic Missions director Radovan Horváth over the late-night intrusion of the Presidential Palace in June.

“Considering how serious this period is – Slovakia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, with the Office for Protection of Constitutional Officials and Diplomatic Missions being involved in related security measures – they agreed on [Horváth] being released from the post after the presidency finishes, i.e. on January 1, 2017,” the Interior Ministry’s press department, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

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Police arrested a suspect on June 30, two days after the incident. Charges of “unauthorised interference with the right to a house, flat or non-housing premises” were subsequently pressed against the suspect identified only as a 35-year-old Milan K. from the Czech Republic, who has since been released on his own recognisance.

The man allegedly climbed over a fence into the gardens at the rear of the palace before getting into the building via the employees’ entrance in the wee hours. He went up to the top floor, where he set off the security alarm, but this was judged to be a false alarm and there was no response. After spending around 20 minutes in the building, the man left without stealing or damaging anything. The incident was recorded by a security camera, with the footage showing the man’s face, TASR wrote.

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