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SaS nominates Peter Paluda to lead National Security Office

The Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) will nominate Peter Paluda for the top post at Slovakia’s National Security Authority (NBÚ), the SITA newswire reported.

The Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) will nominate Peter Paluda for the top post at Slovakia’s National Security Authority (NBÚ), the SITA newswire reported.

"We are convinced that the candidate we are proposing is an honest person with a good reputation and an acclaimed expert," party leader Richard Sulík told SITA on May 3.

Paluda, a Supreme Court judge, stands for guarantees that security screenings will always be done in accordance with law, SITA was told by Sulík's secretary, Tatiana Tóthová, who added that Paluda specialises in security-related topics, criminal issues and criminal and EU law.

Paluda is a graduate of Comenius University’s Faculty of Law, served as a prosecutor at the District and later Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Banská Bystrica (1985-1987) and has been a judge at the Supreme Court since 1994 as well as Slovakia’s national member of Eurojust from 2004 to 2007.

Paluda’s service as a Supreme Court justice is currently suspended due to a disciplinary proceeding brought against him for filing a criminal motion against Supreme Court President Štefan Harabin. In 2007, Harabin recalled Paluda from his post at Eurojust. Paluda once ran for the post of the Supreme Court’s vice-president, but then withdrew.

The Sme daily wrote that Paluda is currently not allowed to enter the Supreme Court’s building.

Source: SITA, Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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