Special police task force to investigate death threats to Slovenian politicians

Police have formed a special task force that will investigate death threats to Slovenia’s top officials and MPs

Police have formed a special task force that will investigate death threats to Slovenia’s top officials and MPs after letters with bullets in them were mailed to several top politicians this week.

The police said the task force took over the cases due to the demanding nature of the investigation.

Mail containing death threats and bullets was sent to Prime Minister Janez Janša and Defence Minister Matej Tonin, while a bullet was also sent to Interior Minister Aleš Hojs.

Media reports initially said that both Janša and Tonin received the threatening mail at their home addresses on Friday. Tonin’s spokesperson later said the mail addressed to him had been intercepted by the postal service before reaching his home.

Death threats addressed to the groups of the opposition Pensioners Party (DeSUS) and New Slovenia (SNS) have also been intercepted by the parliamentary mail service. SNS leader Zmago Jelinčič and DeSUS MP Robert Polnar have confirmed receiving threatening mail at their home addresses.

The Ljubljana Police Department said they were looking into a total of eight cases of death threats by mail.

(Ela Petrovčič | STA)

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