Three Constitutional Court justices could face disciplinary proceeding

Three justices of the Constitutional Court may face punishment for releasing Milan Š., a member of the alleged Bratislava crime group Piťovci. The Supreme Court is preparing a motion to begin a disciplinary proceeding against the justices, saying that the Constitutional Court’s ruling that the rights of the accused had been violated was arbitrary, the TASR newswire reported on August 2.

Three justices of the Constitutional Court may face punishment for releasing Milan Š., a member of the alleged Bratislava crime group Piťovci. The Supreme Court is preparing a motion to begin a disciplinary proceeding against the justices, saying that the Constitutional Court’s ruling that the rights of the accused had been violated was arbitrary, the TASR newswire reported on August 2.

The Supreme Court responded to the Constitutional Court’s ruling that the rights of Milan Š. had been violated, saying it undermined the legal certainty, stability, law enforcement and security of the country, and has nothing to do with the protection of human rights. Based on this ruling the Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok ordered the release of four alleged members of the Piťovci gang, supposedly one of the leading crime groups in Bratislava, and suspected of several serious crimes, including murder.

“For such errors of the Constitutional Court judges in the democratic-law state, they must not wear the judicial gown,” said Supreme Court President Štefan Harabin, as quoted by TASR, adding it is necessary for the justices in question to face consequences. In the official statement published on the website of the Supreme Court, Harabin mentions the senate led by Juraj Horvath, but the media have so far not mentioned any official names.

Harabin added that it is necessary to exclude any other possibility than the momentary and total professional failure of the three constitutional justices, who had not dealt with criminal law before, and who issued a “suspiciously purposeful verdict” in this case, as reported by TASR.

Constitutional Court spokesperson Anna Pančurová did not comment on the statement, saying they have not received any proposal to launch the disciplinary proceeding yet, TASR wrote.

Source: TASR

To read more about this story please see: Members of alleged Mafia gang released, then partially re-detained

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