LJUBLJANA – Interior minister quits over police raid

Slovenia’s interior minister Aleš Hojs and the country’s police director Anton Travner resigned on Tuesday (30 June) because of surprise police raids on houses of several government officials, investigating the purchase of medical ventilators.

The now-former interior minister, Aleš Hojs said the police raids – of which he had not been informed in advance – were politically motivated and showed the police “are serving the deep state”.

Hojs said he had tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Janez Janša, who accepted it. Hojs himself earlier accepted the resignation of Police Commissioner Anton Travner.

Police conducted house searches around the country on Tuesday over suspected abuse of office in the procurement of medical ventilators. The probe also targeted Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek, who had been taken into custody during the police search.

(Zoran Radosavljević | EURACTIV.com)

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