Mafia in Bulgaria Has Become Plain To See – Judges' Association Spokesperson

Domestic | June 25, 2013, Tuesday // 13:44|  views

Neli Kutskova, judge at the Sofia Appellate Court and Spokesperson for the Bulgarian Judges' Association, BJA, photo by BGNES

Neli Kutskova, judge at the Sofia Appellate Court and Spokesperson for the Bulgarian Judges' Association, BJA, has argued that the intermingling of state institutions and organized crime has become patent and the country has a fa?ade democracy to show to the outside world.

Kutskova is one of the authors of the "Charter for disbanding the plutocratic model of the Bulgarian state," a paper signed by over 60 prominent Bulgarian intellectuals, law experts, journalists, human rights activists, environmentalists and cultural workers calling for an end to plutocracy and the restoration of democracy and the rule of law.

The charter was issued in response to ongoing mass protests in Bulgaria calling for the resignation of the socialist-led government of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.

Thousands of Bulgarians took to the streets in response to the appointment of notorious media mogul Delyan Peevski as Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS), which was reversed amid substantial public pressure, but the people went on to demand the resignation of the government, Election Code amendments, and a change of the corrupt political model.

In her Tuesday interview for the morning broadcast of bTV, Kustkova claimed that insolence had come to reign supreme in Bulgaria, nepotism, which was stifling private initiatives, had become all-pervasive, and honest people were not allowed to advance in their careers, unless they maintained a servile attitude to their superiors.

She reminded that the BJA had always issued clear statements to the Supreme Judicial Council in response to negative processes and scandals in the judiciary, adding that this was the right approach for any other sphere which required reforms.

The BJA Spokesperson noted that the dissatisfaction with the status quo would be resolved by collecting proposals and organizing discussions in order to reach more concrete ideas.

"If all of these particularly impressive ideas and energy are used to achieve something positive, they will definitely drive politicians into a corner," she stated, as cited by Sega daily.

Comparing the ongoing protests and the February rallies, which resulted in the resignation of the center-right GERB government, Kustkova said that the winter demonstrations had been more angry and chaotic and driven by high electricity prices, adding that they had also had "a positive load."

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Tags: Bulgarian Judges Association, Neli Kutskova, protests, GERB government, Delyan Peevski, Plamen Oresharski, State Agency for National Security, Supreme Judicial Council


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