Second minister in poison incident

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Published: Monday 24th November 2014 by The News Editor

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An envelope mailed to the Czech Republic’s finance minister contained poison, the second such case in a week, officials have revealed.

Tests conducted on the suspicious envelope to minister Andrej Babis detected “a deadly amount of a dangerous poison,” according to Radek Pokornik, a spokesman for the National Institute for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Protection.

Mr Pokornik declined to give further details about the letter received on Thursday, citing a police request.

Tests conducted by the institute found that an envelope mailed to interior minister Milan Chovanec on Tuesday contained a life-threatening amount of cyanide-like material.

Both envelopes were intercepted before anyone could be exposed.

Mr Pokornik said another suspicious envelope mailed to the presidential office last week did not contain poison.

Published: Monday 24th November 2014 by The News Editor

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