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NGOs want Special Court preserved

SEVERAL NGOs yesterday called on the Slovak government not to abolish the Special Court and the Office of the Special Attorney's.

"Stability, credibility, and an expert approach to any evaluation of the activities of the special institutions focusing on reducing corruption, are the keys to achieving the goals for which they were established. Political attempts to abolish them that are not based on any serious analysis breach this stability and credibility," wrote the NGOs in a joint statement.

Instead of getting rid of the court and the special prosecutors, the NGOs said, the government should present a four-year programme to fight corruption.

Among the signatories were Emília Sičáková-Beblavá and Pavel Nechala from Transparency International Slovensko (TIS), Šarlota Puflerová from the Občan a Demokracia (Citizen and Democracy) foundation, Zuzana Wienk from the Fair-Play Alliance, Alena Pánikova from the Open Society Foundation, Marcel Zajac from Ekopolis, Peter Novotný of Občianske Oko (Civic Eye) and Grigorij Mesežnikov from the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO).

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