A judge who was sacked after openly criticising the Hungarian judiciary will seek redress at the Strasbourg-based human-rights court, his legal representative, human-rights watchdog TASZ, said on Friday.
Laszlo Ravasz, a former judge in Csongrad County, was dismissed from his post on June 6 after a March 29 final ruling by a disciplinary court.
News website origo.hu reported that Ravasz had written an article published in daily Magyar Hirlap in April 2011, stating, “the judicial organisation is in such crisis now that it endangers the functioning of a the state governed by the rule of law.”
He said a “feudal system” had developed in the courts, and unsuitable people in the profession were getting promotions.
Court decisions, he insisted, were often “overruled by judges whose competence is questioned by more junior judges.”
A disciplinary procedure was initiated against Ravasz by the former head of the Szeged Court.
TASZ said the disciplinary court’s decision to fire Ravasz was an intolerable violation of the freedom of speech.