Police investigating Ebola blackmail

27-10-2014 updated

Police are investigating a case of attempted blackmail of the state by unknown culprits who are threatening to spread the Ebola virus in public places if they do not receive one million euros. According to commercial TV Nova the money is to be paid in the digital currency bitcoin and sent to three different electronic addresses. The deadline for the first payment is 9pm on Monday night. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka expressed outrage over the demand at a press conference in Prague, saying that an intensive search was on to find the culprits. The prime minister moved to dispel public concern saying the government was not underestimating the threat. He called on the media not to resort to exaggeration in presenting the story in order to avert panic.