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Government will not shut down Special Court, says PM

DESPITE the efforts of Justice Minister Štefan Harabin to have it closed down, the Special Court, which was set up to fight high-level corruption and organized crime in Slovakia, will continue to operate.

"The ruling coalition will not cancel this institution," announced Prime Minister Robert Fico following a cabinet session on January 10.

Harabin said he would respect the decision, although he believes that the existence of the Special Court violates the constitution. He also said he would not submit his bill on the dissolution of the Special Court to the cabinet. However, the draft will still undergo a complete interdepartmental review.

The prime minister expects the procedure to generate proposals for amendments to the Act on the Special Court to improve how the institution works.

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