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SNS and HZDS want Special Court, Attorney's Office shut down

TWO PARTIES of the new ruling coalition, the Slovak National Party (SNS) and the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), have called for the abolition of the Special Court and the Special Attorney's Office for handling organized crime and corruption cases.

The institutions were established a year ago by the outgoing government to deal with the most serious political and mafia crimes, in the hope that breaking links between political parties and local mafia groups on the one hand, and local courts on the other, would improve the impartiality of rulings.

But critics of the institutions say that judges who work there have better work conditions than regular justices, and that the results of the new system do not justify the amount that was invested in it.

The cancellation of the two institutions is not very likely, according to the Pravda daily.

Smer party chairman and future Slovak PM Robert Fico said that he wanted to carry out an analysis of the two institutions before making any changes.

The new justice minister, Štefan Harabin, who was nominated to his post by the HZDS, refused to comment on the plan to shut down the Special Court.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports

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