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Saakashvili vetoes two bills2013-04-24 11:51
On Tuesday, April 23, President of Georgia vetoed two bills passed by the Parliament and related to the picking the High Council of Justice and the jury trial. As reported by Lenta.ru, this was announced by the head of the administration of Andro Barnov.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"The reason of the veto was the fact that the Parliament of Georgia had ignored the fundamental position of the Venice Commission. Under the clear commission's recommendations, a significant feature of the Council of Justice is the protection of judges from political pressure," said Barnov. According to him, in the first case we are talking about amendments to the law "On the General Courts" that provide for the early termination of office of members of the current Board of Justice.
The second vetoed bill is related to the amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code and touches the issues related to the current rule on the possibility of removal of the jury by the defense. "The bills will be forwarded to the Parliament for further discussion," said Barnov.
As recalled by the News-Georgia, this is the second time when the president vetoes bills passed by the Parliament of Georgia the majority of which after the October elections last year consists of the members of the coalition "Georgian Dream." In late last year, Mikheil Saakashvili vetoed a law "On Amnesty" which was later overcome by the Parliament.