If the president puts political pressure on judges, the country is not going to function well as a true democracy. Nathan Gill, a MEP from the UK and a member of the European Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights, stated this in Strasbourg at the conference on the reforms of Ukraine’s judiciary.
“I honestly believe that it is crucial for Ukraine to succeed as a country. It needs to ensure it has a free and fair judiciary. When people go before a judge, they will respect the judgment given to them. And also that everybody else respects the judgment,” – Gill said.
Thus it’s crucial that there isn’t’ any form of corruption in the judiciary, where judges are appointed because they are friends of some people.
“You need a system where they themselves are able to be self-governing and policing of each other, and train it to give the same judgments throughout the entire country so that everybody feels they live in a land that is fair,” he believes.
“No European country should ever be in a situation when the Presidents or Prime-Minister of a western country is actually able to put political pressure on a judge to make a judgment. It has to be independent and it has to be fair,” he underlined.
Nathan Gill is confident that if it isn’t so, then people will not respect those judgments.
“If the President of any country whether it is Ukraine, Moldova, China or anywhere, if they are putting political pressure on judges, then your country is not going to function well as a true democracy, Gill MEP said.
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