Czech government plans tighter Semtex controls


The Czech government is considering placing greater controls on the production of Semtex, to stop it falling into the hands of terrorists.

It is expected to put Semtex-maker Explosia, part of the Aliachem chemical group, back into state hands.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade is recommending that Explosia be put into state ownership.

Ministry spokeswoman Ms Anna Starkova said this is so the government "can control more closely the production, sale and use of the plastic explosive favoured by terrorists".

The Czech Republic has been a member of Nato since 1999, and the industry ministry spokeswoman says: "It could be a trustworthy foreign company from a European Union country or from a European member state of Nato."