Harabin looks threatened as chief justice

As December 20 elections to the post of Supreme Court chief justice approach, the incumbent Stefan Harabin appears to face an 8 to 7 margin on the judicial council electory body against his re-appointment, with three undecided.

The election is expected to end 10 to 8 against Harabin, who was appointed in 1998 under the previous Vladimír Mečiar government.

Harabin has been in steady conflict with Justice Minister Daniel Lipšic over his refusal to comply with anti-corruption directives, such as introducing a computer-based case assignment system that would prevent specific judges being assigned to sensitive cases.

Harabin’s counter-candidate in the vote is Supreme Court justice Sergej Kohút, regarded as a moderate.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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