Monday 18 February 2019

Diplomatic row over explosives

Garda quiz Eastern European man over plastic explosives find
Garda quiz Eastern European man over plastic explosives find

The Government has demanded that Slovakia explain itself after an unsuspecting electrician was allowed to carry explosives on a flight to Dublin in a botched security exercise.

The diplomatic row erupted after Slovak airport police randomly planted powerful RDX in the 49-year-old's bag but took three days to warn authorities he had unwittingly evaded scanning machines.

It is understood Government officials were angry about the high level security breach and have called for answers.

A spokesman said: "The Minister for Justice, Dermot Ahern, has ordered a full report into what has transpired."

Slovak authorities began the live security tests last Saturday but only contacted Irish police on Tuesday to warn of the lapse.

A Garda source said: "It seems his bag was picked randomly - he is not in any trouble with us."

The was carrying 4oz (about 90 grams) of the explosive material.

The 49-year-old man, who it is understood has been living in Ireland for a number of years, knew nothing about it.

He was arrested and questioned for three hours before being released without charge.

The Slovakian Embassy in Dublin declined to comment but Slovakian deputy prime minister Robert Kallinak has conveyed his profound regret to Mr Ahern.

Press Association

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