ONE week ahead of the election of the Supreme Court chairperson by the Judicial Council, the deputy speaker of parliament, Jana Laššáková of the ruling Smer party, proposed to recall from the council Dušan Čimo, elected in February 2012 by the rightist parties.
Čimo is a long-time critic of previous Supreme Court President Štefan Harabin and has not refuted claims that this could be the reason for the recall, which could, in fact, shift the balance of power in the council before the elections, the Sme daily reported on September 9.
On the other hand, the government also recently recalled its own nominee in the council, Jaroslav Chlebovič, who voted for Harabin in previous Supreme Court chairperson elections.
Laššáková or other Smer or parliamentary representatives have not offered an explanation for her step.
“Considering the current practice in the Supreme Court there is no need to specify the reason for recalling a Judicial Council member,” The head of the Slovak Parliament’s constitutional committee, Róbert Madej of Smer, said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “Even President Andrej Kiska who recalled three members of Judicial Council approved this practice; the government also recalled one council member recently. ”
(Source: TASR, Sme)
Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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9. Sep 2014 at 10:00