The Supreme Court is suing Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš for imposing what it views as an illegal fine on the court, its chairman Stefan Harabin said for the TASR newswire on Wednesday, October 13.
"Mr. Mikloš is the only official in the world who has fined a Supreme Court chairman and then scrapped the fine. Mr. Mikloš will be held responsible in court for menacing the Supreme Court and for threatening the independence of the judiciary," said Harabin, as quoted by TASR.
The two officials are, in fact, suing each other – Mikloš decided to take Harabin to court over his refusal to allow an audit at the Supreme Court while Harabin is suing Mikloš for trying to fine him. The feud between the Finance Ministry and the Supreme Court dates back to the end of July, when a Finance Ministry auditor was first prevented from conducting an audit at the nation's top appellate court. The court claimed that only the country’s Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) is entitled to undertake an audit. Mikloš then slapped fines of €33,000 and €1,000 on the court and its chairman, respectively.
"The attempt by Finance Minister Miklos to criminalise the whole procedure via the police and prosecutor's office is nothing more than a purpose-built media spectacle," claimed Harabin, as quoted by TASR. Harabin said the Supreme Court has asked for an independent inspection to be carried out by NKÚ. "The outcome of the inspection will be published on the official website," he added.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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14. Oct 2010 at 10:00