Aleksandar Olenik, the lawyer of Aleksandra Jankovic Aranitovic said on Monday his client was in detention for four months after swearing at Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic on her Twitter account, the FoNet news agency reported.
He said the detention was not appropriate and was a message to others how to use social networks, Olenik said Jankovic Aranitovic admitted what she had written, that it was an offence and she could be fined for that, but “the regime uses her example to try to control social networks.”
The lawyer also said the witnesses would include neuropsychiatrists and court witnesses, and added that “we have our expert consultant as well because the prosecution demands that Aleksandra is put under compulsory treatment in a closed institution without a time limit.”
“I’m not a doctor, but she has been treated for bipolar syndrome all her life and none of the doctors in 50 years had ever suggested such a measure. She receives therapy and goes free. No one ever thought about an unlimited hospitalisation in a closed institution. We have to prevent that today,” Olenik told reporters outside the Belgrade Justice Palace.
Ahead of Monday’s hearing, the lawyer described a precise reason for the detention as senseless: “easy access to the Internet and computer equipment.”
“In such cases, people are put under house arrest with a ban on using the Internet or just the latter. If that is the only reason, there are such measures, and there is no reason for detention,” Olenik said. He added, “the detention secures that someone appears at a trial, and is not a punishment, while Aleksandra has been detained for four months.”