jubljana, March 23 (STA) - At a news conference on Wednesday Ivan Bizjak, the Minister of Internal Affairs, rejected the assertion by Janez Janša, the Minister of Defence, that the interior ministry had refused to take into custody the civilian Milan Smolnikar, arrested by the Moris special units and the Security Body of the Ministry of Defence (VOMO) on Sunday evening.***
Ljubljana, 23 March - INTERIOR MINISTER DENIES ALLEGATIONS THAT INTERIOR MINISTRY BODIES REFUSED TO TAKE OVER ARREST OF SMOLNIKAR=
Bizjak said that last year, in conjunction with VOMO representatives, the interior ministry dealt several times with cases of suspected criminal offences. However, it failed to collect all the details and was thereby forced to halt investigations. The interior ministry collected all data in a report entitled "Information on Problems in Cooperation Between the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Defence, Particularly Concerning Investigations Into Criminal Offences", which was received by Prime Minister Janez Drnovšek in mid February. The Ministry of Internal Affairs findings pointed to the existence of a group of employees at the Ministry of Defence from various organisational units who conducted certain activities in Ljubljana which were not in accordance with legislation and carried out tasks which lay outside their jurisdiction. The government decided at its political coordination meeting that the two ministries must clarify the matter, but this has not yet happened. The Ministry of Internal Affairs insists that the jurisdictions of the defence and interior ministries need to be clearly defined and determined by law. This latest event is confirmation of that need.