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Justice Minister Žitňanská objects to event mimicking shooting spree

Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská from the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) has ordered an investigation into an event attended by four judges from the Supreme Court, the Deputy General Prosecutor (currently the acting GP), representatives of the Žilina District Court, a judge from Čadca in Žilina Region, and a law faculty professor, the TASR newswire reported.

Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská from the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) has ordered an investigation into an event attended by four judges from the Supreme Court, the Deputy General Prosecutor (currently the acting GP), representatives of the Žilina District Court, a judge from Čadca in Žilina Region, and a law faculty professor, the TASR newswire reported.

According to photographs and video published on the www.cas.sk website, the nine representatives of the judiciary were entertained at a bar in Rajecké Teplice by a retired lawyer who mimicked the killer involved in the shooting spree in Devínska Nová Ves in August 2010. The lawyer wore blue earmuffs and held a non-functional assault rifle, which he aimed at the party-goers. The same kind of gear was used by Lubomir Harman when he killed seven people last August and the event reportedly took place only weeks after the massacre.

Žitňanská told TASR she was determined to take action and plans to consult the situation with lawyers, after which she will tell the public about the measures to be taken. She stated that a judge or prosecutor should represent the judiciary not only while in court but in civilian life as well.

Prime Minister Iveta Radičová (SDKÚ) commented on the published pictures as well. "I haven't had the chance to see the video but I did see a couple of pictures. I do not consider this to be funny, dignified or appropriate for a judge," she said, adding that it represented a mockery of Harman's victims.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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