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Sme: Supreme Court excluded judge in Veľký Slavkov plots case

The Slovak Land Fund (Slovenský pozemkový fond, SPF) filed an objection of bias against judge Jana Burešová, and the Supreme Court granted the suit. The judge will be replaced in court proceedings connected with the case of land in which the Cypriot mailbox company Ermanno Trade claims damages against the SPF totalling almost €100 million. The Sme daily wrote on its website that Burešová, as head of the panel in charge, was supposed to rule on the fund’s appeal.

The Slovak Land Fund (Slovenský pozemkový fond, SPF) filed an objection of bias against judge Jana Burešová, and the Supreme Court granted the suit. The judge will be replaced in court proceedings connected with the case of land in which the Cypriot mailbox company Ermanno Trade claims damages against the SPF totalling almost €100 million. The Sme daily wrote on its website that Burešová, as head of the panel in charge, was supposed to rule on the fund’s appeal.

The main reason for the exclusion is a disciplinary proceeding initiated by Justice Minister Tomáš Borec at the motion of the SPF. SPF spokesperson Ľudovít Kavjak quoted the reasoning of the ruling as stating that the relation between judge Burešová and participants of the suit in the case is so evident, reaching such an intensity and character that she will not be able to decide in an independent and unbiased way, in spite of the duty stipulated by law. SPF has already filed two appeals of bias and asked for her to be excluded from the proceeding.

In 2010, the SPF was ordered to pay a sum of about €60 million to a Cypriot company for bungled land transfers in Veľký Slavkov, as ruled by the District Court in Poprad. The Cypriot company requested damages from SPF because the SPF had made a last-minute transfer of land in southern Slovakia and sold it to GVM, a company reportedly close to the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), a member of the ruling coalition.

Now, a new judge will have to be nominated, Sme wrote.

(Source: Sme)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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