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Uskovski: special prosecutor's office exerting pressure on courts.

At its news conference several days ago, the Special Public Prosecutor's Office made some spectacular statements in order to exert pressure on the judiciary, said the President of the Judicial Council, Branko Uskovski, Monday.

"In recent days our justice system has been the subject of direct or indirect pressures, some of which, sadly, came from certain newly founded institutions. With their statement they violated the independence of the judiciary and the presumption of innocence," Uskovski said at the fourth roundtable on the role of the Judicial Council and the highest courts in the protection of the judges' independence and on the key role of the merit system in appointing judges that took place at the Academy for Judges and Public Prosecutors 'Pavel Satev' on Monday.

Uskovski believes that with its statement that the Macedonian judiciary missed the chance to go down in history by not granting detention for certain suspects, the Special Public Prosecutor's Office violated the independence of Macedonia's justice system.

"I appeal to all of as a justice system to always and on any occasion stick to the presumption of innocence," he said.

With regard to the latest insinuations including the appeals for establishing special courts, Uskovski said Article 98 of the Macedonian Constitution clearly banned the setting up of such courts.

The President of the Administrative Court, Jetmire Ajdini Bosnjaku, said in this regard that all the decisions of the Administrative Court were taken impartially and in adherence with the presented evidence.

"All the decisions of the Administrative Court are available to all the citizens of Macedonia through our website and everybody can see them. The citizens can see the evidence based on which our judges based their rulings and therefore we regard any form of statements articulated in this way as direct assault on our independence, the judges of the Administrative Court in particular," she said.

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Date:Feb 16, 2016
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