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Second minister in poison incident

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.


From Belfast Telegraph