The International Court of Justice (ICJ) interrupted their regular agenda in order to address the Slovakian scandal that had recently been brought to light. This scandal pertained to the Slovakian judge, Peter Tomka, having tampered with evidence brought to his attention on the presence of Germans enslaving Italians on the Italian territory.
The Slovakian judge argued that the information was only a tip and did not have enough evidence to back it up. When asked if he was hiding any other piece of information, the judge refused to elaborate and added he did not want to further the discussion of this matter.
The agreed upon stance amongst ICJ members regarding the scandal was that Slovakia was guilty and should have brought this substantial piece of information to the eyes of the committee. The delegates were astonished by the tampering on the Slovakians’ behalf, a member of the legal community.
The committee was equally troubled that the Slovakian judge might still be omitting information. The French judge’s fears were even translated in the suggestion of a stricter screening process upon one’s admission to the ICJ.
To contribute to the tension in the room, Judge Abraham questioned the legitimacy of Tomka’s legal capacities. To enforce this opinion, Australia refused to refer to Tomka as a judge. Brazil even added: “Now that we have established the bad apple of this committee, we can remove it.”
Even though the current ICJ committee does not have the jurisdiction to criminalize Tomka, they have acted upon their power in censuring him, leaving Tomka destitute of any voting power within the committee.
Megan Le Stum – Wall Street Journal