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Judges Accused Ingush President Of Exerting Pressure On Courts

Posted by Info on 24/03/2010

The council of judges has put out a statement saying that president Yevkurov has interfered with the work of the courts, dismissing “unwanted” judges and pressurizing others to pass sentences in his own interests.

The statement, signed by the head of the Ingush Council of Judges, Magomed Daurbekov, was sent to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and other senior officials.

“We have long been tolerating attacks from the president [Yevkurov], believing that in time he would gain the necessary experience of cooperating with the different governmental structures and would conform to the principle of the separation of powers as laid down in the Russian constitution.”
in the statement.”Having begun with criticism of particular judicial decisions, the president [Yevkurov] has gradually started to groundlessly accuse the entire legal system of corruption and involvement with people engaged in terrorist activities.”

“This feud is further evidence that there is no independent law in our country,” a senior Ingush lawyer said. “The executive branch is used to boss everybody around, so it is trying to line the judges up.

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