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SDKÚ tribunal rules on Ščurka's complaint, result not yet known

A Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) internal party tribunal on Thursday, March 7, made a decision that is yet to be announced on a complaint lodged by SDKÚ Nitra regional association former head Ondrej Ščurka against the party leadership's decision to dissolve the entire regional association. Even though he was present at the tribunal in person, he did not learn the result.

A Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) internal party tribunal on Thursday, March 7, made a decision that is yet to be announced on a complaint lodged by SDKÚ Nitra regional association former head Ondrej Ščurka against the party leadership's decision to dissolve the entire regional association. Even though he was present at the tribunal in person, he did not learn the result.

"The tribunal can't comment on the decision before it's delivered to the participants of the process," said SDKÚ spokesperson Jana Zvončeková, as quoted by the TASR newswire. The SDKÚ presidium in late January unanimously decided to dissolve its Nitra branch. Ščurka, who was its head, played a leading role in a scandal surrounding the rental of premises by the Tax Directorate in Košice during the previous government. The party presidium said its decision was motivated by an accumulation of problems within the association and the SDKÚ’s poor results in the district over a long period.

"I'm suggesting very subtly that this decision was partly motivated by [Ščurka's] political responsibility in the case of the Tax Directorate," said party chairman Pavol Frešo, as quoted by TASR. He said the district association in Nitra would be built afresh, and all members would have to re-register if they wanted to remain in the party.

The Sme daily reported on March 8 that Ščurka was disappointed by his anticipated failure at the party tribunal and said he would pass the decision to his lawyer for examination. Before the party decided on his exclusion on January 30, two top officials had asked him to leave the party but he refused. Later, he appealed to the party tribunal. About 130 members of the dissolved association can re-register with another branch; Ščurka said he would not do so and would concentrate on his business instead.

Sources: TASR, Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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