Pressure on Judiciary: Intimidated Judges and Prosecutors Listen In Even on Politicians Whispering

Pressure on Judiciary: Intimidated Judges and Prosecutors Listen In Even on Politicians Whispering

04 July 2016, 10:04

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Politicians are sending out messages through the media where they pick out culprits in advance and thus bid courts and prosecutors’ offices what to do in specific cases, whilst creating an illusion in public that a case in question has been solved. Judges and prosecutors are already intimidated following the 2009 failed judicial reform.

By Ivana Jeremić

Never-Ending Criminal Trials: Mira Marković’s Trial Adjourned 50 Times over 13 Years

Trial of Slobodan Milošević’s wife and another ten persons suspected of alleged abuse of public office for allocation of apartments is just one out of 583 criminal court proceedings which have gone on for over a decade and another 2,188 trials extending over a period of five years before Serbia’s criminal courts. Default of appearance by witnesses, adjournment of hearings, years-long length and lapse of the statute of limitations have plagued many trials.

24 June 2016, 11:24

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Anti-Corruption Agency Brought Proceedings against 1/5 of MPs

Of 250 National Assembly deputies with confirmed terms of office, the Anti-Corruption Agency brought proceedings over their failure to declare property and other violations of the law against 51 legislators. There are also MPs with pending criminal charges.

22 June 2016, 10:22

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Fight against Corruption: Spectacle on Camera, Silence in Courtrooms

Whilst highlighted as a priority by every government in recent years, fight against corruption boils down in practice to media announcements, arrests on camera and a large number of criminal charges brought, but without convictions in courts. Indictments are in short supply, verdicts are few and far between, and suspended sentences are the order of the day, shows the 6-month-long investigation carried out by CINS.

02 June 2016, 07:02

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State aids Pink with € 3.9 million

Serbian Export Credit and Insurance Agency (AOFI) aided Pink International Company, owned by Željko Mitrović, at least twice - with guarantees and loans at the total amount of € 3.9 million. AOFI has been refusing to provide any information on its business for six months already

30 May 2016, 06:30

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State Shows No Interest in Fighting Corruption

The enactment of a new bill on the Anti-Corruption Agency, stipulating broader competencies to be vested in this institution, has fallen behind schedule for over two years. Independent institutions exposing corruption lack the support of the highest echelons of power. Officials are taking no notice of the Anti-Corruption Agency’s decisions whilst the government is failing to take into consideration the Anti-Corruption Council’s reports.

26 May 2016, 08:26

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In Serbia there are 334 companies from the EU black list of countries

The European Union is introducing the register of final beneficiaries of companies, to prevent tax evasion and money laundering through off-shore zones. In the future, all this will have consequences for Serbia, in which there are currently operating more than 1,100 companies whose ownership is hidden in one of the tax havens around the world

11 May 2016, 09:11

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