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05 April 2019, 13:55

Lukashenko pledges independence of justice

MINSK, 5 April (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko guarantees an independent justice system in the country. The head of state made the relevant statement at a meeting to discuss ways to improve the activity of general courts on 5 April, BelTA has learned.

According to the head of state, it is often said that the judicial branch needs to be independent. In this regard, Aleksandr Lukashenko expressed confidence that, taking into account a comparative analysis of foreign judicial systems, the judicial power of Belarus is independent and protected. However, he does not exclude that there may be facts of "backscratching", especially at the local level, where the fault lies with judges as well.

“Here, at the highest level, it is almost impossible. I am absolutely against it. If any official try to solve matters of his or her interest by contacting a judge, this is their last day at the post. If I do not see it and you are contacted and tell nothing, these are your problems. The truth always goes out,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

“If someone hampers you to administer justice in an honest and fair manner, to make a lawful decision, you need to make just one phone call. You know who to call, except me. In an hour or two I will know about it. I understand that this is life, and someone may try to influence or pressurize you. You are judges. This is you fate. Therefore, respond adequately. As the head of state, I advise you how to respond. At least find an opportunity to inform me about shortcomings. I will always stand up for your protection,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.

The president emphasized absolute inadmissibility for the judiciary to violate the law. “If the judge is dishonest (there are such facts), it is very bad,” he added.

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