The Slovenia Times

Police Chief Steps Down


Janko Goršek and Interior Minister Vinko Gorenak will make a joint statement for the public, the ministry announced on Wednesday.

The online edition of the daily Dnevnik cites unofficial information suggesting that Goršek will be replaced by Karol Turk, who was appointed assistant police commissioner in April this year.

Goršek was appointed police commissioner in 2009 by the previous centre-left government of Borut Pahor. Speculation about his dismissal has been persistent ever since the appointment of the Janez Janša government.

Unofficially, the procedure to appoint and dismiss police commissioner is to be changed in the autumn, while reports have also suggested a loss of trust between Goršek and Minister Gorenak.

Goršek spoke to media about attempts at his discrediting in the wake of the arrest of journalist and Info TV owner Vladimir Vodušek.

Vodušek was arrested on suspicion of extortion on 12 July. On the evening before the arrest he hosted Prime Minister Janez Janša on his TV show.

The PM's not knowing about Vodušek's being the target of a police investigation was one of the things media referred to in July as they speculated about Minister Gorenak's sacking.

Born in 1965, Goršek has been with the police force since 1984, first working as a policeman and later as a member of the Celje criminal police homicide and sex crime department.

He took over at the helm of the squad for terrorism and extreme violence at the Celje organised crime department in 1996 and became head of the department three years later.

He later headed the property crime department and in 2005 took over as head of the criminal police sector in Celje. He served as Celje police administration chief between October 2008 and February 2009.


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