Komorous appointed head of anti-extremism task force

Jiří Komorous, former head of the national anti-drugs squad, has been appointed head of the government’s anti-extremism task force. Interior Minister Martin Pecina, who hand-picked Mr. Komorous for the post of deputy interior minister, said on Monday that the fight against extremism was a top priority and he wanted it supervised by someone experienced in law-enforcement. Jiří Komorous, known for his uncompromising crusade against drug dealers, headed the police's elite anti-drug squad from 1993 to 2009 before retiring from the police force after 17 years of service. He is said to enjoy great respect among rank and file officers.