Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš has fined the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic €32,000 after its president Štefan Harabin repeatedly thwarted attempts by ministerial inspectors to enter the Supreme Court in order to carry out an audit.
Harabin himself will have to pay a €1,000 fine, the ministry decided. Mikloš will dispatch inspectors to the Supreme Court for a third time within the next two weeks, he said on Tuesday, August 3. He warned that if Harabin blocks them again, he will fine the Supreme Court again, in compliance with the law, the SITA newswire wrote.
The minister explained that auditing public spending is within the purview of his ministry and that no other institution, not even the Supreme Court, may decide whether the Supreme Audit Office or Finance Ministry should audit it.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. Aug 2010 at 10:00