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SNS, HZDS want to scrap Special Court

THE SLOVAK National Party (SNS) and the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), both members of the new ruling coalition, have recommended the abolition of the Special Court and the Special Attorney's Office, the top institutions established by the outgoing government to battle corruption and organised crime.

According to critics, these institutions have little to show for the huge investments that have been made in them, other than cushy posts for the judges that serve on them.

The recommendation is unlikely to pass, the Pravda daily wrote.

Smer party chairman and Prime Minister Robert Fico has said he would like to carry out an audit of the institutions before making a decision.

The new justice minister, Štefan Harabin, who was nominated to the post by the HZDS, refused to comment on the matter, the Pravda daily wrote.

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