The Special Prosecutor’s Office will be strengthened. His new boss, Daniel Lipsic, can be joined by three prosecutors and five prosecutors’ assistants.
At the same time, the special prosecutor’s office should have fewer departments, as well as directors and managers. It was proposed by Attorney General Maroš Žilinka. The government approved the cabinet’s proposal, so the prosecution of the most serious crimes should be strengthened, made more efficient and, ultimately, accelerated.
The new special prosecutor Daniel Lipšic should have better working conditions just a few days after his election. On January 29, Žilinka submitted to the Government a proposal to increase the number of persons designated to perform the tasks of the Office of the Special Prosecutor’s Office (ÚŠP). He was included until the meeting scheduled for this Wednesday. The other increase in the number of prosecutors by five approved by the government on 27 February 2019 was then covered only by the newly established European Public Prosecutor’s Office.
“It is proposed to increase the number of prosecutors by three to a total of 38, while optimizing the breakdown of the prosecutors, which will allow for more efficient use of prosecutors’ potential, more balanced distribution of criminal cases among prosecutors, more efficient management and more effective fight against the most serious forms of crime,” prosecutor.
VIDEO: Daniel Lipšic’s barbecue by deputies on February 1, 2021.
In addition to a slight increase in the number of prosecutors, the most important are changes in the organizational structure. At present, the special prosecutor’s office is divided into two departments and two separate departments. The Department of General Crime consists of the Department of Corruption and the Department of Organized Crime, Terrorism and International Crime. The second department of economic crime has departments of economic and property crime. In addition to these two departments, there are two separate departments – the European Public Prosecutor’s Office and extremist crime.
Fewer officials, more work
After the new one, there will be only two departments and only the European Public Prosecutor’s Office will remain separate. The Department of Economic Crime will no longer be divided into two departments, and so far a separate department of extremist crime will be merged with the Department of Organized Crime and Terrorism.
The current state and development of the so-called economic crime, according to Žilina, clearly demonstrated the unfoundedness of the existence of departments, their heads, as well as the number of prosecutors in this department. “The division of the economic crime department into two departments has lost its significance,” the Attorney General pointed out in his explanatory memorandum to his proposal.
On the contrary, in the case of general crime, the division into two departments has proved successful, according to the Attorney General. However, Žilinka wants to strengthen the prosecution of extremism. Therefore, prosecutors should be added to deal with this area. Instead of five, there will be as many as 11. “Merging the department of extremist crime with the department of organized crime, terrorism will accumulate the forces needed to successfully fight this type of crime,” explained Žilinka.
The head of the General Prosecutor’s Office also had to explain the distorted information about the alleged weakening of the prosecution of extremism in a press conference on 20 January. “I consider it incorrect that this information is provided by colleagues from the Office of the Special Prosecutor’s Office, who did not even call me and talk to me on this topic,” Žilinka responded to an alleged complaint from one of the prosecutors. “This is not how I imagine the atmosphere in the prosecutor’s office and I will do everything to turn this atmosphere into a work atmosphere. So that we can all pull for one rope, “said Žilinka.
With the support of the police and the minister
The changes proposed by Žilina may also have an impact on the work of the National Criminal Agency (NAKA), as it is investigating crimes supervised by a special prosecutor’s office. However, the new police president Peter Kovařík supports these changes. “The situation is really serious, especially in the area of criminal groups and serious economic crime and corruption in terms of the workload of prosecutors. In my opinion, the changes proposed by the Attorney General are justified, “he said in an upcoming interview for Pravda.
“Today, the National Criminal Agency has many crimes that are risky in terms of various forms of extremism. We propose to keep serious forms of extremist crimes related to terrorism within the scope of the NAKA. But there are also racially motivated crimes. For example, in the context of personal injury, the perpetrator has some racial remarks or threats against the victim. They are prosecuted by district investigators as standard. In this case, if there is a racial threat, it is up to the National Criminal Agency. We also have crimes such as a swastika on the fence. We think that this can be elegantly managed at the district or regional level. So that we can deal with those serious forms of extremism, “Kovařík explained.
The Minister of the Interior Roman Mikulec (OĽaNO) also agrees with this opinion. “We also discussed this with the Minister of the Interior and we agreed that simple forms without serious impacts on society do not have to be on NAKA. I even think it is appropriate for police officers from a given territory to know where such groups and speeches have and to be able to punish them. NAKA police officers really can’t deal with every minor violation of the law in this area, “he added.
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