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Montenegro: EU, reform should not politicize prosecutors

Venice Commission opposed replacement before the end of mandate

23 March, 17:46
(ANSA) - UDINE, 23 MAR - STRASBOURG - The reform on prosecutors, proposed by a group of parliamentarians in February through 2 bills, risks politicizing the Montenegrin prosecutors, warns the Venice Commission in the opinion adopted in its last session. First of all, the Council of Europe's body expressed "concern over the proposal to replace the special state prosecutor before the end of his mandate. "This proposal is an 'ad nominem' law", the Commission underlined, arguing that if those who currently hold this office are guilty of misconduct, as suggested by the majority parliamentarians, they should undergo a disciplinary or penal procedure. Reform should not be used as an excuse for their removal. The Strasbourg-based body also expressed doubts about the part of the reform that provides for changes in the Council of Prosecutors' composition.

According to the Commission, "the immediate replacement of all Council members is not justified." Moreover, the reform is problematic when it provides for the simultaneous election of all members not belonging to the judiciary by a majority vote.

"This could lead to an increase in the politicization of the Council," the Commission warned. (ANSA).

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