published: 25.08.2013, 15:17 | updated: 25.08.2013 15:23:23
Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman's having said that he lost trust in the Supreme Court (NS) is disastrous and horrendous, former prime minister and Senate chairman Petr Pithart (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) said today.
"After the latest decision by the Supreme Court in the case of three lawmakers - you all know whom I have in mind - I have lost trust in this institution and its representatives," Zeman said in a speech he made in the Senate, the upper house or parliament, on August 21.
The NS decided in July that executive power inadmissibly interfered in legislative power in the case of former lawmakers Marek Snajdr, Petr Tluchor and Ivan Fuksa. In consequence, Supreme State Attorney Pavel Zeman halted the prosecution of the former lawmakers. The criminal proceedings is still underway, however.
Pithart said this evidenced that like his predecessor Vaclav Klaus, the current president was not quite in the picture when it comes to the working of the judiciary.
"This is a disastrous statement and in my view, it has turned out with what substantial matters both Klaus and Zeman concur. They have absolutely no idea on the question of judicial power. They are simply disappointed and outraged at the decisions not being such as they wish," Pithart said.
Pithart said Zeman believed NS chairwoman Iva Brozova failed to have instructed the relevant court panel on how to decide.
Brozova said Zeman did not respect the independence of judicial decision-making.
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