A Serbian human rights organization warned on Tuesday that statements by the president and government officials telling courts what to do are inappropriate.
Committee of Lawyers for Human Rights (YUKOM) Director Katarina Golubovic said that those messages created the impression that the judiciary is not indpendent.
According to Golubovic the initial messages that the courts should hand down the stiffest sentences are just as damaging as the message that the courts should review their rulings.
Her comments came after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic expressed hope that a misdemeanor appeals court would free the protesters sentenced for involvement in last weekend’s protests.
“The judiciary should not be seen as being obedient to the authorities,” Golubovic said.