Presumption of innocence is often violated

Violation of the principle of presumption of innocence in Montenegro must be reduced to a minimum, said the president of the Supreme Court Vesna Medenica, stating that the message of public officials and journalists must not be the prejudging the guilt.

At a seminar on the presumption of innocence under the European Convention on Human Rights, she said that at the present time and the conditions of decriminalization of libel and defamation, political competition, media pluralism and freedom of expression, the rights of suspects or defendants, and primarily the presumption of innocence, are being violated almost every day.

In favor of this, she added, also goes media reporting and inscriptions in the newspaper, where, as she said, persons were declared guilty before the indictment was submitted to the court.

She said that respect for the principle of presumption of innocence in Montenegro must be a standard that will come to life in full measure and be a measure of the maturity of the society.

Ambassador of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland in Podgorica Ian Whiting said that the attitude towards the principle of presumption of innocence is especially important in societies undergoing a period of reform.

German Ambassador to Montenegro, Elizabeth Gudrun Steinacker said that the presumption of innocence, particularly in the legal cooperation between the countries, is of the highest possible importance.

According to Rob Force from the OSCE, in a democratic society, the presumption of innocence is a fundamental right and a precondition for a fair trial.

Thorsten Geissler from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation said that the right to a fair trial is the cornerstone of the rule of law.

Izvor: RTV Montenegro