Harabin hands out bonuses on eve of elections

Supreme Court chief justice Štefan Harabin nominated some of his colleagues for exceptionally high bonuses before today facing a vote on his bid for another five-year term, the Markíza TV station reported.

Harabin tapped justices Milan Ľalík and Juraj Seman for Sk200,000 ($5,000) and Sk190,000 bonuses respectively. Seman and Ľalík had put forward Harabin’s name for another term as chief justice.

Also rewarded were justices Štefan Minárik and Harald Stiffel, who received Sk150,000 and Sk110,000, respectively. The two voted in favour of releasing former secret service head Ivan Lexa from pre-trial custody in August. Juraj Liščák, who allegedly voted against Lexa’s release, did not receive any money.

Harabin paid the first installment of bonuses yesterday, with the rest to be issued after the vote today. He also paid himself a record Sk325,000, or 25 times the average national monthly wage.

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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