Belgrade judge says government pressure on judiciary is out of control

Belgrade judge says government pressure on judiciary is out of control

Belgrade judge says government pressure on judiciary is out of control Izvor: N1

Serbia’s judiciary is under strong political pressure from the executive government, and nobody can stop it, according to Belgrade Appellate Court judge Miodrag Majic.

Majic told the Blic news portal that government pressure was always present, but that it had gotten out of control in recent years, as executive government representatives “talk about who will be guilty, who will be arrested, who passed a polygraph test, who is ‘clean’(...).”

“Here we have a double negative effect: a weaker judiciary and an omnipotent executive government nobody can stop. In the end, the citizens say: if this is how government representatives speak of the judiciary, then it is surely true,” he said.

Pressure on the judiciary is being mounted directly via media, he said, adding that there is no need for making any phone calls anymore in order to organise it.

“Is there anything more dangerous than when you hear from the President of the Republic how we will soon find out things about a judge who ruled in favour of the pensioners (...) As I recall, nothing was found out, and that ruling was simply changed,” he said.

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