Justice Minister Gál plans to strip Jankovská of her judge’s robe

Supreme Court judge Štefan Harabin will also face a disciplinary proceeding.

Justice Minister Gábor Gál (Most-Híd)filed proposals for disciplinary proceedings against two judges: Monika Jankovská and Štefan HarabinJustice Minister Gábor Gál (Most-Híd)filed proposals for disciplinary proceedings against two judges: Monika Jankovská and Štefan Harabin (Source: TASR)

Two judges who recently graced the front pages of newspapers and shed a bad light on Slovakia’s judiciary will face disciplinary proceedings, the SITA newswire reported.

The manipulation of her fellow judge in the case of forged promissory notes in favour of Marian Kočner, thousands of text messages exchanged with him via the Threema app, and frequent lies are the reasons why Justice Minister Gábor Gál (Most-Híd) decided to initiate a disciplinary proceeding against ex-Justice Ministry’s state secretary Monika Jankovská. She currently has a job at the Bratislava Regional Court.

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“The reason for filing a disciplinary motion against Jankovská is a breach of the judge’s duty to fulfill the prerequisites for judicial competence during the term of the judge’s office,” the Justice Ministry said, as quoted by SITA.

The most severe punishment

The disciplinary senate should decide whether Jankovská will be stripped of her robe as a judge, the Denník N daily wrote on October 22, after it obtained Gál’s proposal.

Jankovská has so far ignored calls to give up on her position as a judge after her links to Kočner, formally charged with, among others, the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak, surfaced. She is currently on sick leave.

Gál is, in particular, not happy about Jankovská’s multiple lies regarding her holidays at lawyer Radomír Bžán’s villa as she breached two duties that should be followed by any judge, moral standards and integrity, Denník N wrote.

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The media have been repeatedly asking Jankovská about her lies concerning her visit to Bžán’s villa in Croatia. At that time, the media wrote about Bžán’s remuneration of nearly €70 million for representing Slovakia in a lawsuit on the Gabčíkovo hydroelectric power plant. The remuneration was approved by Smer nominees in the state-run company MH Manažment.

The senate will now have 10 days to decide on Gál’s motions. The Justice Minister also wants the senate to invite Bžán for the hearing.

Harabin is to go next

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Gál has also submitted a motion for another disciplinary proceeding, this time against Supreme Court Judge Štefan Harabin for his political activities.

“In the case of Harabin, the justice minister filed a proposal for a disciplinary proceeding due to his active political involvement, which contradicts with the legal duty of the judge,” the ministry explained, as quoted by SITA.

Harabin announced the establishment of a political party ahead of the 2020 elections. In addition, he ran in the March 2019 presidential elections.

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