Upgrade and change - First Look at Geshev's Concept of Prosecutor General!

Society | August 14, 2019, Wednesday // 08:46|  views

  • Responsibility, transparency and institutional predictability by informing citizens in a timely manner about the activities of the prosecution and investigative bodies, while respecting the law and respecting their rights and legitimate interests;
  • Guaranteeing the independence and impartiality of magistrates and court officials by improving working conditions, an objective and fair assessment of their qualities and the corresponding remuneration, incentives and forms for increasing their motivation;
  • Proactive inter-institutional and international interaction and information exchange;
  • Active support at the expert level of the legislative process;
  • Broad dialogue with representatives of the scientific community and civil society.

 These are the basic principles of the future activity in the concept of the only candidate for Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev. Yesterday, he introduced his conception of prosecution management in the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), and today it is already available to anyone who wants to read it on the SJC's Bulgarian website under the heading "Prosecutor General Selection Procedure"

Upgrading and change are the two words that Geshev himself used to summarize his views on managing the prosecutor's office, which were gathered in 31 pages.

A significant part of them are dedicated to intentions to increase the efficiency of the State prosecution and to clean up its reputation to a structure that fights and protects justice and legality. “The judiciary, and in particular the PRB, is a debtor to Bulgarian society and can, and must, to do much to make up for the lack of fairness. The price for the so-called "Criminal transition" cannot and should not be paid only by ordinary Bulgarian citizens and taxpayers, "Geshev writes.

 Other from his ideas:

  • It is imperative to consider dropping criminal responsibility for provocation to bribe, Geshev believes.

"The exclusion of criminality or the creation of an opportunity to replace criminal liability with administrative liability for the person giving bribery if he voluntarily communicated to the competent authorities, though not immediately, even when his misconduct was purely voluntary and not as a result of the exercise of a blackmail would significantly increase the activity of citizens to report such negative phenomena, "emphasizes the candidate for the Prosecutor General.

He proposes that cases in which the gift or benefit received is up to the minimum wage, which "would significantly accelerate investigations into the most common corruption offenses under the so-called. "Low and middle levels of power”, to be able to conclude, with an agreement,

  • With a motive for faster prosecution, Geshev proposes to limit comprehensive supervision of legality through, for example, civil law disputes: to be responsible for all offenses in the country. "
  • Strongly against monitoring. The Prosecutor-General is strongly opposed to the monitoring of judicial reform and corruption cases imposed by the EU 12 years ago: that it is overstated to say that at certain points it presupposes a division between the judiciary, which inevitably hinders the public's expectations of justice. " But it also acknowledges the specific weaknesses identified by the Euro-experts. "
    "The deficit in the activity of the judicial authorities (the problem is not only the activity of the pre-trial bodies, but also that of the court) is highlighted in all the reports of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism."
  • Continuing the practice of strong media presence. "Presentation of information of public interest is a guarantee of the right of citizens to be informed and should continue to be carried out as before," stresses the candidate for the post of Attorney General, noting that media appearances will also be with the involvement of the State Security Council. , police, SANS, NRA, Customs Agency, KPKONPI, etc.

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