Milanović: HDZ in Conflict of Interest Regarding Supreme Court President

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“They (HDZ) care very much about who is at the helm of the Supreme Court. That person can always have a certain amount of influence, that’s why it is a problem, and the HDZ is in a conflict of interest,” Milanović said.

Addressing reporters after a commemoration for Croatian defenders in Osijek, Milanović said that there were not many candidates for the Supreme Court president who would not tolerate intimidation like his candidate Zlata Đurđević.

Public call unconstitutional, harmful, unintelligent

As for the public call for the post of the Supreme Court president, which is advertised by the State Judicial Council (DSV), Milanović said that “it is an unconstitutional category, very harmful and unintelligent” because it had transpired that it had to be repeated.

“That makes it impossible for me to, in a way, reach prior agreement on the candidate with the main stakeholders – the president of the biggest party, the HDZ, and some other people in the parliament. If we have a public call, all that is left for me to do is to pick a person who has applied to the public call,” said Milanović.

Otherwise, the entire concept of public call is a mockery, he said, adding that with a public call there were no prior agreements.

“Politics requires a degree of intelligence that is higher than room temperature,” he said, adding that this referred to all those involved in the amendment and adoption of laws that were contrary to the Constitution.

He repeated that the Courts Act was amended to restrict the powers of the president of the republic, not his but his predecessor Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović’s, in which process damage was caused.

“We now have something some call a constitutional crisis, and I call it a crisis of legitimacy. The person who will now stand in (as Supreme Court president) does not have any legitimacy. That is some judge on whom agreement has been reached in line with the annual work schedule,” he said.

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