Harabin withdraws candidacy for Supreme Court president

The election will take place on September 9.

Štefan HarabinŠtefan Harabin (Source: TASR)

Former Supreme Court president and failed presidential candidate Štefan Harabin has withdrawn his candidacy to lead the court again.

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He announced his decision at a press conference on September 5, only four days before the election which is scheduled for September 9.

As he explained to the media, President Zuzana Čaputová has already said that she does not guarantee that she will automatically appoint the candidate elected by the Judicial Council. She wants to consider his or her appropriateness for herself.

“The top political caste is trying to steal the country and have it all for themselves,” he said, as quoted by the Sme daily. In his opinion, only a person approved by the politicians can become the president of the Supreme Court.

Čaputová did not name Harabin, or any other name in her statement.

“I will not appoint people who have a disputable professional or personal story,” she said for Radio Express on September 2. “This means those who would not contribute to the trustworthiness of the judiciary system.”

Three candidates left

Harabin repeatedly attacked Čaputová during the presidential campaign and has even challenged the presidential election result.

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He did not want to comment on how the election of the new Supreme Court president would turn out on September 9, as he does not consider it a free election.

There are three candidates left: Jana Bajánková, who led the Judicial Council and now works as a Supreme Court judge, former Constitutional Court president Ivetta Macejková, and Soňa Mesiarkinová who is an intern at the Constitutional Court.

No reason to celebrate

Ethics watchdog Transparency International Slovakia stated that the Judicial Council should refuse all candidates. There is no reason to be optimistic, it added.

“The list of candidates for this prestigious position shows that the judiciary has not overcome the bad times yet,” the organisation wrote on Facebook.

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