Harabin wants to run for Supreme Court again

The election of the court's new president will be in September.

Štefan HarabinŠtefan Harabin(Source: SITA)

Supreme Court judge and failed presidential candidate Štefan Harabin will run for the post of Supreme Court president in September. He confirmed his plan to the TASR newswire.

“The motive of my candidacy is the ongoing mafianisation of the Supreme Court,” he said, as quoted by TASR. “The posts of judges are filled based on orders from political mafiosi.”

Harabin has already served as the president of the Supreme Court. He was elected to the post by the Judicial Council in 2009.

The election will take place on September 9. The tenure of incumbent Supreme Court President Daniela Švecová ends in October.

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When running for president earlier this year, Harabin had to suspend his job as judge, and could return to the court only in early July. His position as judge was one of the reasons he did not want to establish any political party – the law bans active politicians from working as a judge at the same time, the Sme daily wrote.

The practice of allowing judges who have run for political functions to return to judicial posts after three months was supposed to be changed.

SaS MP Alojz Baránik proposed a draft law that would prevent a judge or justice running for a political position from returning to the judicial post, and parliament passed it.

However, President Zuzana Čaputová refused to sign the law in mid-July. Even though she agrees with the intention of MPs, she disliked the wording of the draft bill and argued that it could be turned down later by the Constitutional Court, Sme wrote.

Following the adoption of the law, Harabin admitted that apart from running for the post of Supreme Court president, he would try to run for the judicial post at the General Court in Luxembourg, which is part of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

However, Slovakia has failed with four nominations to the court already, Sme reported.

Political ambitions?

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Harabin said back in June that he considered entering Slovak politics, but not as a chairman or founder of a political party.

He told the InfoVojna conspiracy radio station that he could imagine himself as a leader of a slate, and was only waiting for the call of people to run in the 2020 general election, and later confirmed his words for Sme.

If Harabin only led the slate, it would mean he would again have to suspect his judicial function and, if he failed in the election, could return to the court after three months.

Harabin is close to the newly-established Národná Koalícia (National Coalition) party, which it supported before the EP election. One of the candidates was his nephew, Slavomír Harabin.

Meanwhile, Vladimír Mečiar, former head of the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), which nominated Harabin for the post of justice minister in the first Robert Fico government (2006-2010), said he does not rule out cooperation with Harabin. The two are not meeting though, as he said in an interview with the Plus Jeden Deň daily.

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