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Criminal complaint filed over alleged Mafia threats on Slovak judge

The vice-chair of the Civic Conservative Party (OKS), Ondrej Dostál, has filed a criminal complaint in connection with information in the media concerning alleged pressure exerted by the Mafia on Constitutional Court judge Ladislav Orosz, including an alleged attempt to poison his wife, Dostál confirmed to the TASR newswire on May 18.

The vice-chair of the Civic Conservative Party (OKS), Ondrej Dostál, has filed a criminal complaint in connection with information in the media concerning alleged pressure exerted by the Mafia on Constitutional Court judge Ladislav Orosz, including an alleged attempt to poison his wife, Dostál confirmed to the TASR newswire on May 18.

On the OKS webpage, Dostál voices suspicions that several criminal acts have been committed. “As it hasn't been evident from the media information that the police have taken action, I filed a legal complaint with the Prosecutor-General's Office on May 15,” he said, as quoted by TASR.

The Constitutional Court is due to decide on May 20 whether the Special Court, which was set up in 2004 to fight organised crime, should be scrapped as requested in an initiative by 46 MPs from the coalition of governing parties, HZDS, SNS and Smer.

Orosz is under police protection after allegedly receiving threats aimed at changing his stance vis-a-vis the possible abolition of the Special Court. Shortly after his wife visited a doctor with health problems Orosz received an anonymous phone-call during which he was asked what he thought about this turn of events.

“Do you still want to vote in favour of the Special Court?” said the voice, wrote TASR.

According to Justice Ministry spokesman Michal Jurči, Justice Minister Štefan Harabin believes that Orosz won't be intimidated.

“The justice minister knows very well how Orosz feels right now, as he has been threatened with death several times due to his stances of no compromise,” stated Jurči. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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