SME: Harabin: Diplomats buy the judges through small gifts

Bratislava. Stefan Harabin, President of the Supreme Court has suspicion- it is said, that the western ambassadors corrupt dissatisfied judges. Diplomats visited disciplinary procedures with these judges. “I do not meet foreign ambassadors before Christmas and I do not accept their small gifts. This also should be mentioned in relation to those judges, if this could be corruption, political or other, “ Harabin said. He repeated that diplomats interfered internal affairs in Slovakia. “Definitely no Slovak ambassador would visit any disciplinary procedure with a judge in Austria, who released Fritzl free from custody.“

13 disciplinary actions against Judges – 13 questionmarks

Current information on disciplinary actions against Judges as of 30 April 2010:

Orientation initiative FOR OPEN JUDICIARY

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The society rightly expects that the judicial power will guarantee the rule of law and justice and that the judges will be professional and moral authorities for the public. The very low confidence in judiciary shows that today the judicial power does not fulfil this expectation.

Response of the group of Judges on current affairs in the Judiciary

According to the new information from the judicial environment to public another Supreme Court Judge is being disciplinary prosecuted. It is Miroslav Gavalec who openly and publicly presents his critical views on the current situation in the Judiciary. In addition to the absurd disciplinary prosecutions of Judges for their public criticism of the current President of the Supreme Court Štefan Harabin, for writing a letter to the President of the Republic, for putting a complaint, for testimony in criminal proceedings and many others the disciplinary proceedings against Judge for writing an application form to a state institution has now started. Part of the Judges has been suspended from the office for such deeds for months now.


The undersigned Judges of the Courts of all instances in the Slovak Republic:

Under influence of the longterm and unsustainable situation in the Slovak judiciary, with the sense of responsibility for proper performance of judicial position and judiciary as a whole, we wish to discuss current problems in judiciary in public, to look for effective ways to remedy and solutions to create efficient and stable model of the Slovak judiciary.

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