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Čižnár appoints deputies

AFTER three weeks in office, General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár appointed his new deputies. René Vanek, who comes from the Bratislava regional prosecutor’s office, will become his first deputy, while Peter Šufliarsky, who has previously led the Department of Special Tasks at the Office of the General Prosecutor, will become the deputy for the criminal section, the SITA newswire reported on August 8.

AFTER three weeks in office, General Prosecutor Jaromír Čižnár appointed his new deputies. René Vanek, who comes from the Bratislava regional prosecutor’s office, will become his first deputy, while Peter Šufliarsky, who has previously led the Department of Special Tasks at the Office of the General Prosecutor, will become the deputy for the criminal section, the SITA newswire reported on August 8.

In addition to this, Iveta Kopčová will head the Bratislava Regional Office of the Prosecutor, as reported by SITA.

All three candidates fulfilled the conditions set by the Council of Prosecutors and successfully passed a competitive selection process, spokesperson for the Office of the General Prosecutor Jana Tökölyová told SITA, adding that the council also recommended Čižnár to appoint them.

After a political and judicial tug-of-war lasting more than two years over one of the most powerful posts in the country, Čižnár was elected by ruling Smer party MPs on June 18. Not a single opposition MP took part in the secret-ballot vote; they argued that the country already has a general prosecutor-elect: Jozef Čentéš. He was elected to the general prosecutor post by MPs in June 2011 – but blocked from taking up the role by the president, who refused to appoint him.

When appointing Čižnár on July 17, President Ivan Gašparovič called on him to use his position to put Slovak criminal prosecutions on firmer footing.

Along with personnel and organisational changes, Čižnár said he intended to intensify the activities of prosecutions that help protect children and women from any kind of hostility or abuse. Čižnár added that he also wanted prosecutors to pursue tax evasion cases intensively.

Čižnár set out his priorities, planned steps and future changes on July 25, at his first meeting with journalists after being appointed to the post. One of them was the replacement of the then acting deputy general prosecutors: Dobroslav Trnka, who was the last full-term general prosecutor; and Ladislav Tichý, who managed the prosecution service on an acting basis for more than two years after Trnka’s term elapsed in February 2011.

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