Amendments don’t reduce political influence
Transparency Serbia warned on Friday that latest draft amendments to the country’s constitution will not reduce political influence on the judiciary.
“Under the current proposal just 50 percent of the members of the future judiciary council and 40 percent of the members of the prosecutors’ council will be judges and prosecutors with MPs making up the rest and that cannot be considered to be good,” the organization said in a press release.
Transparency Serbia said >> Pročitaj celu vest na sajtu N1 televizija << the risk of judges and prosecutors alone deciding the fate of their colleagues should be reduced not through political control by a group of prominent lawyers who would be appointed by parliament but through the law.
The organization’s Programme Director Nemanja Nenadic is quoted as saying that political influence on the two judiciary councils could have been achieved without changing the constitution but the will was not there. “Room still exists to reduce influence on the judiciary by having public prosecutors, not political officials, inform the public about what has been done in criminal proceedings,” he said.