The Supreme Court on November 23 filed a criminal complaint against Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská (SDKÚ) at the Prosecutor General's Office alleging that she misused her powers of a public official, interfered in the independence of courts, and engaged in defamation and the illegal handling of personal data, the Supreme Court's press and information department told the TASR newswire on Wednesday.
According to the Supreme Court’s complaint, Žitňanská committed these crimes by filing and releasing a proposal to initiate disciplinary action against Supreme Court Chairman Štefan Harabin. When doing so, Žitňanska allegedly included mendacious information, released personal data, interfered in the court's independence, and grossly violated the principle of the presumption of innocence along with international protocols concerning the protection of judges. Despite the fact that she was aware of an ongoing legal dispute between the Supreme Court and Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš (SDKÚ), the justice minister interfered in the dispute by going public with a disciplinary action proposal against Harabin, said the court in its complaint.
Žitňanská told a press conference on November 18 that she had filed a proposal at the Constitutional Court to initiate disciplinary action against Harabin. The reason given for the move was that Harabin had thwarted the Finance Ministry's attempts to carry out inspections at the Supreme Court four times. According to justice minister, every court chairman has to obey the law. She added that powers of a justice minister include submitting proposals for disciplinary action against judges and she would make use of this right for as long as she was sure that any court chair had violated a law.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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25. Nov 2010 at 10:00