On Tuesday, March 19, the general-prosecutor-elect, Jozef Čentéš, filed an objection of bias against the chairperson of the Constitutional Court, Ivetta Macejková, and proposed that she be excluded from deciding over the dispute involving him and Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič, who has refused to appoint him as the duly elected general prosecutor.
“I objected as I think there are facts – a fundamental part of which is publicly known – that cause well-founded doubts about the non-bias of the chairperson of the Constitutional Court with regard to her stance of the matter to be dealt with and to the president on the other side of the case,” Čentéš said as quoted by the TASR newswire. “Thus, the legal reason for filing such an objection has been given – and its justice will be assessed by the due appellate panel of the Slovak CC.” Čentéš commented that out of respect towards Macejková, he did not consider it proper to publish details on the specific reasons for the objection.
The whole ‘objection war’ began at the beginning of January 2013 when Jozef Čentéš filed an objection against the refusal of Gašparovič to appoint him as general prosecutor. The objection was to be considered by a panel composed of Justices Marianna Mochnáčová, Milan Ľalík and Peter Brňák, the Sme daily wrote. A panel composed of justices Lajos Mészáros, Sergej Kohut and Juraj Horváth accepted the complaint at the end of January, which resulted in the replacement of Ľalík and Brňák with Ján Luby and Ladislav Orosz.
Gašparovič later objected to both Luby and Orosz. His complaint was to be judged by Mészáros, Kohut and Horváth, but the president lodged another complaint against this panel in mid February. The Constitutional Court then established another panel, composed by Justices Rudolf Tkáčik, Ján Auxt and Ľubomír Dobrík, who were to judge the case.
Yet, Čentéš submitted an objection against Auxt and Dobrík at the end of February, which resulted in the case going to another panel of judges, composed of Tkáčik, Gajdošíková and Macejková. Lat week, President Gašparovič lodged an objection against two more constitutional judges - Ľudmila Gajdošíková and Rudolf Tkáčik.
(Source: TASR, Sme)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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19. Mar 2013 at 14:00