The funeral of former Supreme Court vice-chairman Juraj Majchrák, who apparently committed suicide on April 14, will take place at the Bratislava crematorium on April 21, the TASR newswire was told by Ľudmila Babjaková from the 'For an Open Judiciary' initiative on April 16. Majchrák, 55, apparently hanged himself in the garage of his house in the Koliba neigbourhood on the afternoon of April 14.
"It was with inexpressible grief that we heard about the death of our friend, signatory of the 'For an Open Judiciary' initiative and Supreme Court judge Juraj Majchrák. Judge Majchrák made a significant contribution to all important changes in the Slovak judiciary. In his own special style he encouraged judges to take action, and with dignity represented the judicial profession abroad and in the everyday exercise of justice," reads a statement released by the initiative.
As a judge, Majchrák was involved in proceedings against a mafia group that gained notoriety by dissolving the bodies of its victims in acid. He was also known as one of detractors of Supreme Court Chairman Štefan Harabin. Majchrák had been on a disability pension since August 2010 due to a serious illness.
The police in Bratislava on Saturday stated they have launched a criminal investigation into whether another person may have been involved in the apparent suicide of Majchrák. Bratislava Regional Police Directorate spokesperson Tatiana Kurucová confirmed this to the čas.sk website without providing any further details.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Apr 2011 at 14:00