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Bar association will not punish Macejka

LAWYER and husband of Constitutional Court President Ivetta Macejková, Ľubomír Macejka, will not receive punishment for a letter he addressed to Jozef Čentéš in which he repeatedly insulted Čentéš. According to the Slovak Bar Association, the letter is not a disciplinary transgression. If it was, Macejka would be threatened with admonition or removal from the list of lawyers, the Sme daily reported on October 22.

LAWYER and husband of Constitutional Court President Ivetta Macejková, Ľubomír Macejka, will not receive punishment for a letter he addressed to Jozef Čentéš in which he repeatedly insulted Čentéš. According to the Slovak Bar Association, the letter is not a disciplinary transgression. If it was, Macejka would be threatened with admonition or removal from the list of lawyers, the Sme daily reported on October 22.

While Macejka did not comment on the decision, Čentéš said it is a decision of the bar association, adding that he had not initiated a proceeding, Sme wrote.

Macejka sent a letter, which he reportedly wrote in response to Čentéš’ allegation of potential bias on the part of his wife, in March, after Čentéš had objected to Macejková being chosen to decide over his complaint on the decision of President Ivan Gašparovič not to appoint him as the new general prosecutor. In the explanation, Čentéš pointed to her allegedly friendly relation to Gašparovič, who was her teacher.

“Obviously your sick desire to sit in the chair of the general prosecutor has released in you a so-far well-masked churlishness and [revealed your] human limitations”, the letter states, as reported by Sme.

Čentéš did not release the letter himself but confirmed that he had received it at his home address. Macejka later argued that he did not write to Čentéš as a party to a legal dispute, but to “citizen Čentéš”, Sme wrote back in May.

In an interview with Sme, Macejková denied showing the Čentéš case file to her husband, suggesting instead that she had only told him about its substance. She said she had done this because Čentéš’ allegation of potential bias interfered with her family life and thereby “also concerned the person of my husband”. There are strict rules on who can, in theory, access court files.

Source: Sme

For more information about this story please see: General prosecutor saga continues

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