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Hrubala resigns as deputy chief justice

JÁN Hrubala announced on August 2 that he has decided to step down as Deputy Chief Justice of the Special Court in Pezinok as of August 31.

The Court was set up by the previous government to decide cases involving mafia and corruption crimes.

Hrubala informed Justice Minister Štefan Harabin of his decision citing personal reasons. He would not specify the reasons, however.

Although he will step down from the deputy chief justice post, he will stay on at the court as a judge and as the head of one of the court's senates, SME wrote.

Hrubala was appointed to the deputy chief justice post by former justice minister Daniel Lipšic in May 2005.

Igor Králik, the chief justice of the Special Court, will name Hrubala's successor. His choice has to be approved by Justice Minister Štefan Harabin.

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