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Slovak nominees are picked for European Court of Human Rights

Slovakia’s Judicial Council on December 7 elected Ján Šikuta, Marica Pirošíková and Ján Drgonec as candidates for judges of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, the TASR newswire reported.

Slovakia’s Judicial Council on December 7 elected Ján Šikuta, Marica Pirošíková and Ján Drgonec as candidates for judges of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, the TASR newswire reported.

“We'll process the document today and it will head for the government tomorrow,” said chairman of the Judicial Council Štefan Harabín. If the Government approves the candidates on Wednesday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will in April 2010 choose one of the three Slovak candidates who will be named a European Court of Human Rights judge.

Šikuta, who is currently a judge at the Strasbourg court, was proposed by Justice Minister Viera Petríková and approved by 16 out of the 17 voting members of the Judicial Council. Pirošíková gained 13 votes while Drgonec, who was proposed by members of the Judicial Council, received 12.

“I'm glad that I gained such support, but in the final round in PACE this number of votes doesn't count,” said Šikuta. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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