Greece’s Council of State Head Calls on Government to Stop Condemning Judicial Decisions

Monday, July 24th, 2017
Last Update: 15:24

Council of State President Nikos Sakellariou on Monday called on the Greek government to stop condemning judicial decisions and undermining the work of justice in any way.

At the same time, Sakellariou called on judges to back down on their reactions, speaking of a systematic attempt to “shake citizens’ trust in the justice system and its functionaries.”

The head of the highest administrative court issued the statement on the 43rd anniversary of the restoration of democracy in Greece, following the fall of the military dictatorship. Sakellariou noted that the attacks on the judiciary were “completely unjustified” and “unprovoked.”

“I condemn, in the most categorical way, the completely unjustified attacks from wherever they may come,” he said, noting that the assaults “directly target the rule of law, of which the independent judiciary is a key pylon.”

Sakellariou referred to “unwise acts, abuse, unjustified and derogatory expressions as well as offensive references to judicial functionaries and suggestions that they are refusing to fulfill their basic obligations.”

The Council of State president stressed that criticism of judicial decisions is recommended and acceptable, but one must separate criticism from the attempt to discredit justice and its role.

The court president called on “all sides to show the requisite self-restraint to prevent the extremely serious institutional crisis that has been provoked by these acts and has led to this wretched exchange from escalating.”

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