Serbian Appeals Court Judge Miodrag Majic told NIN weekly magazine that the High Judiciary Council has to react to President Aleksandar Vucic’s accusations against judges.
“Just when the government happily announced a completely independent and non-political judiciary, the Serbian president appeared on the RTS public service and voiced the cursory conclusion that all opposition members are thieves, criminals and foreign agency but that “yellow judges” (an allusion to the colours of the Democratic Party) are absolutely preventing him from putting them in jail,” Majic told this week’s issue of NIN.
The judge said that the only thing needed to abolish the judiciary is a decision to become an eastern fiefdom with a despot. Speaking about the announced amendments to the constitution, Majic said that Serbia has chosen “the minimum of minimums in terms of judiciary standards just to get a passing grade”.
“We will get a new constitution, loose significant time and one day if and when we get really close to the European Union we will be sent back to fix the judiciary,” the judge said adding that “it is completely clear that after these amendments are adopted this judiciary will certainly not get us into Europe”.
He said the Serbian judiciary is not good because it is slow, inefficient and “there are grounds to suspect corruption in some segments but, even as it is, it is the last barrier to a total collapse of institutions”.