On December 8 officials form Slovakia’s Finance Ministry’s attempted once again to conduct an audit of the finances of the country’s Supreme Court as their sixth attempt was stopped by Jozef Kaffka, the head of the court’s administration, the TASR newswire reported.
The president of the Supreme Court, Štefan Harabin, was not working and it was Kaffka who admitted the audit officials.
“The audit was opened and at the same time interrupted, as the Supreme Court insists on its stance that there are legal barriers barring the course of a government audit,” Finance Ministry spokesman Martin Jaroš told the TASR newswire.
The Supreme Court has argued that rulings by the Bratislava Regional Court and the Supreme Court itself prevent the Finance Ministry from conducting an audit. The Finance Ministry counters that there is a Constitutional Court ruling in which Harabin was disciplined for failing to allow an audit
The Finance Ministry has tried to audit the court five times, most recently on July 15.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Dec 2011 at 14:00