Judge Gabriela Buľubášová received a decision from the Justice Minister dismissing her as the Bratislava I District Court chair effective immediately, ministry spokesman Michal Jurči told the TASR newswire. Justice Minister Viera Petríková (a nominee of the Movement for Democratic Slovakia) had already hinted over the weekend that she intended to recall Buľubášová over her alleged ‘interference in the workings of justice’.
According to the SME daily, Bratislava criminal judge Marta Lauková claimed that somebody tried to interfere in her independence as a judge, with the suspicion falling on Buľubášová, who is Lauková's boss. Laukova purportedly received a document in late June in which she was asked to release a person charged with involvement in organising illegal immigration to Slovakia.
After Lauková declined to carry out the request, Buľubášová transferred her from the criminal to the civil division of the court. The former court chair responded through her spokesman Pavol Adamčiak that it was “Lauková's reaction to her relegation from the criminal department to the civil level due to her low-quality performance at the criminal department”.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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