Charges filed against Harabin

The attorney general's office announced that unspecified criminal charges had been filed against supreme court chief justice Stefan Harabin, who in December was re-elected to a five year term as the head of the country's highest court.

Harabin, in his first term from 1997-2002, became notorious for using bonuses to reward supreme court justices according to the decisions they issued, for defending a subordinate who hacked his way into a justice ministry flat with an axe, and for refusing to permit a computerised random case assignment system to be installed at the supreme court.

His re-election was criticised by some justice experts as a blow to reform of Slovakia's justice system, which is under heavy fire for corruption, delays and incompetence.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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