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Constitutional Court cancels rules in favour of Čentéš

IN the complex case of duly elected but never appointed to the post general prosecutor Jozef Čentéš, the panel of Constitutional Court on December 4 cancelled the decision of former president Ivan Gašparovič not to appoint him.

IN the complex case of duly elected but never appointed to the post general prosecutor Jozef Čentéš, the panel of Constitutional Court on December 4 cancelled the decision of former president Ivan Gašparovič not to appoint him.

Gašparovič’s decision, dated from Decemebr 28, 2012, was thus overturned, and the CC also found that by not appointing Čentéš, his fundamental human rights were violated. The First panel of the CC (led by justice Ladislav Orosz) also allocated a financial compensation of €60,000 to Čentéš.

Despite the Slovak parliament electing Čentéš for the general prosecutor in 2011, then president Gašparovič refused to appoint him, the TASR newswire wrote. Čentéš contested at a court the violation of his fundamental rights, especially his access to elected and other public positions under equal conditions. Gašparovič by the end of 2012 justified his refusal by doubts accompanying Čentéš’ election in parliament, as well as the fact that as a prosecutor, Čentéš in 2011 shredded the testimony of MP Igor Matovič (Ordinary People and Independent Personalities, OĽaNO) about corruption in politics. Both Čentéš and Matovič said the testimony was shredded by mistake.

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