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Bulgarian Ethnic Turks Demand No Reliability Checks for Judges October 11, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Bulgaria, Human rights abuses, Turkey.
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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Ethnic Turks Demand No Reliability Checks for Judges
Hristo Biserov, Deputy Head of the Bulgarian ethnic Turkish party DPS, has proposed changes in the Classified Information Protection Act.

Bulgaria’s ethnic Turkish party DPS has suggested that members of the Supreme Judicial Council should have access to classified information without having to undergo checks for reliability.

The suggestion was announced by Hristo Biserov, Deputy Head of the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) and it envisions amendments to the Classified Information Protection Act.

Biserov has pointed out that such access without checks for reliability is given to the Chair of the Parliament, the MPs, the President, the Prime Minister, the magistrates from the Constitutional court and others.

According to him, this gap makes the job of the magistrates from the Supreme Judicial Council (VSS) more difficult.

Biserov has explained that the changes were connected to the arguments in the recent months between the ruling party GERB and the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP).

In Biserov’s words, for a few months GERB, and especially the Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, are trying to boost the idea that the VSS magistrates should undergo reliability checks.

Tsvetanov has hinted that a negative assessment from these checks should result in a dismissal of the respective magistrate.

The position of the Supreme Judicial Council on the issue is that the executive is trying to control the functions of the judicial system.

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