Harabin will not decide bulletin-board tender, nor get any new cases

The Supreme Court has suspended the work of its panel headed by ex-minister Štefan Harabin; it is not clear how long this situation will last.

Štefan HarabinŠtefan Harabin (Source: Sme)

The Supreme Court (SC) senate of Štefan Harabin will not rule in the case of the ex-ministers sentenced for the botched bulletin-board tender who have appealed the verdict. Back in August, the council of justices of the Supreme Court suspended the allocation of new cases to this senate, the Sme daily wrote. The council's decision was published on the Supreme Court's website.

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This step was taken “due to the enormous number of unsolved cases compared with other panels, which has led to the current massively overburdened situation”, spokesperson of the Supreme Court, Boris Urbančík, told the Denník N daily. He added that It is hard to tell how long the suspension will last or whether it will continue after the appeal in the bulletin-board case arrives at the Supreme Court.

Read also: Historic verdict as first ex-ministers were sentenced for the bulletin-board tender Read more 

“No other panel has a suspended allocation of cases,” Urbančík said, as quoted by Denník N.

This specific case can be allocated to one of four panels, while the actual allocation will be decided by the electronic filing office, according to the spokesperson.

The current schedule of case allocation is valid until the end of 2017, by which time the appeal of the ex-ministers should already be at the court.

Harabin does not mind

Harabin told Denník N that he does not mind. He added that he thinks the situation is connected with a case in which his senate has already twice overturned the life sentence for gangman Róbert Lališ, aka Kýbel (Bucket).

Read also: Why did we have to wait ten years for the verdict in the bulletin-board case? Read more 

After the Lališ case is finished, his senate will receive new cases, Harabin added. He also admitted that he had 'inherited' many old cases from Supreme Court justice Emil Bdžoch, who stopped working in March 2015 and was recalled by President Andrej Kiska in June 2016.

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