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Now EU leaders demand answers over Slovak explosives blunder

The botched security test that saw Slovakian authorities plant explosives on a flight to Dublin is to be investigated by the EU.

The European Commission is looking for an explanation over the test in which Slovakian national Stefan Gonda (49) was allowed to travel to Dublin from Poprad-Tatry airport with explosives planted in his luggage.

Traumatised

Mr Gonda, an electrician, was arrested at his apartment on Dorset Street on Tuesday after the gardai were alerted by Slovakian authorities that they had placed the explosives in his bag -- and failed to remove them.

He was later released without charge, after the massive security operation shut down Dorset Street as his flat was raided.

Mr Gonda's wife Monika Gondova said that although her husband is traumatised by the event, he does not plan on taking any legal action.

"We would like to know what happened," said an EU commission spokesman.

The commission spokesman declined to comment on the specific nature of the inquiries by the EU executive.

European law requires that member states carry out security tests at airports, but it does not give details as to how these tests should be carried out.

Ms Gondova, at home in Slovakia, said: "I have been told what he went through and what happened, and he is trying to escape from what went on.

"He is still very traumatised by it all."

Meanwhile, an investigation into the incident is also being carried out by gardai on the orders of Commissioner Fachtna Murphy, who has appointed Detective Chief Superintendent Martin McLoughlin to inquire into how 96g of the explosives were allowed on to the plane.

Mr McLoughlin and his team will travel to Slovakia as part of the investigation.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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