President Zoran Milanovic said on Friday Croatia might be without a Supreme Court president for some time and that the Constitutional Court was unfair and a political organisation with some suspicious and corrupt members.
Milanovic yesterday sent his recommendation to parlament that Zlata Djurdjevic be elected Supreme Court president, which parliament included on its agenda today. The ruling majority say they will reject Djurdjevic and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has said a number of times that she agreed to be nominated in an unlawful procedure, as confirmed by the Constitutional Court.
Speaking to the press in Vukovar, Milanovic said the procedure was just starting, by his sending the recommendation to parliament.
The term of incumbent Supreme Court president Djuro Sessa expires in July and if parliament does not elect his successor by then, the interim president will be the court’s incumbent deputy president, Marin Mrcela.
Milanovic said that if parliament rejected Djurdjevic, Croatia might be without a legitimate Supreme Court president for some time, but that it would be worse if it did not have a parliament speaker, for example.
“The Constitutional Court is a political organisation. (…) It’s unfair, composed according to political criteria, and it adopts decisions in agreement with the executive authority,” he said, adding that he was “for the independence of but also for overseeing the judiciary and for the mutual oversight of the authorities by the legislative authority,” Milanovic said.
“I have no respect for some Constitutional Court members. I think some of those people are suspicious and corrupt,” Milanovic said.