n who abdicated on December 2, 1997. Karabin requested to be released from his post only one day after the Supreme Court rejected the Hungarian Civic Party's Laszlo Nagy's indictment against Interior Minister Gustáv Krajči and his department for thwarting the May referendum on NATO entry and direct presidential elections. But Karabin rebutted all journalists' allegations about the links with the referendum case. Parliamentary deputies elected Štefan Harabin as President of the Supreme Court and Jozef Štefanko as Supreme Court Vice-President on February 11. Stanislav Lehoták, the second candidate running for vice-presidency has not collected enough votes. Two organizations of judges and the Council of Judges of the Slovak Republic protested against all three nominations because the candidates have not been consulted with them.