|Chief Justice of Slovakia|
23 June 2009
|7th Minister of Justice of Slovakia|
4 July 2006 – 23 June 2009
|Preceded by||Lucia Žitňanská|
|Succeeded by||Viera Petríková|
4 May 1957 |
Štefan Harabin (born 4 May 1957) is a former Slovak judge and politician, member of the HZDS party and former Minister of Justice of Slovakia from 4 July 2006 to 23 June 2009. Currently he serves as Slovakia's Supreme Court Chairman.
As the standing minister Harabin first lied about and then admitted to having a friendly phone conversation with the later arrested Baki Sadiki, considered the head of Albanian drug Mafia in Slovakia. During that call, Harabin discussed an invitation to Sadiki's home and his personal time schedule; Sadiki makes familiar references to a Milan, widely believed to be Milan Ľalík, now deputy chief justice of the Slovak Constitutional court.
After the transcript of the call was published, Harabin, during the resulting parliamentary debate, insulted a member of the parliament and former justice minister, addressing him as "dirty bastard who should go to jail".
He then lied about this and later, in trying to dispute the course of these events made a series of anti-Semitic remarks. These remarks was later condemned by prime minister Robert Fico. On 10 September 2008, Harabin publicly apologized to parliament for his remarks.
Ever since he's been trying to suppress all attempts of publicizing these events. The Constitutional Court, controlled by 9 judges hand-picked and nominated by the Fico-Mečiar government, including Mr. Ľalík, has been for an extended period refusing to indicate if it will decide on the case.
Currently he is still Slovakia's Supreme Court Chairman.
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- Mečiar blasts Lipšic on behalf of Harabin
- War of words between Harabin and Lipšic reaches fever pitch
- "Fico odsúdil Harabina aj Lipšica". Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- "Harabin: Ak som niekoho urazil, ospravedňujem sa". Cas.sk. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- Harabin wins €150,000 after suing general prosecutor
- Lipšic: Harabin should have apologised for lying in parliament