Controversial judge appointed to council

PRESIDENT Rudolf Schuster on July 11 nominated the controversial Tibor Šafárik to a judicial council which will administer the judicial branch. Šafárik is chiefly remembered for a decision freeing an alleged kidnapper of the former president's son from charges.

Šafárik is shadow minister of justice for the opposition Slovak National Party (SNS), and has also defended ex-Interior Minister Gustáv Krajči, accused of thwarting a 1997 referendum on Nato membership.

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