Draft bill readied to abolish Special Court

THE JUSTICE Ministry has already secretly drafted a bill to abolish two institutions set up to combat corruption and organised crime - the Office of the Special Attorney and the Special Court.

The two institutions were established in 2005 under the former Mikuláš Dzurinda government, but are opposed by members of the current Robert Fico administration, especially Justice Minister Štefan Harabin, a nominee of the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) party.

Opposition Christian Democrat MP Daniel Lipšic, the former justice minister, obtained the bill unofficially from the ministry and showed it to journalists. The Justice Ministry has still not officially presented the proposal, the daily SME wrote.

According to Special Court Chief Justice Igor Králik, the abolition of the court would mean only one thing - "opening the doors to corruption and organised crime once again". Králik is convinced that it would be a step backwards for the state and for the citizens of Slovakia.

The abolition of the Special Court could also further delay verdicts in major cases the court is handling, and lead to the release of suspects from custody before decisions are reached concerning their guilt.

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