Totalitarian approaches from the Stone Age: Judge Radonjić brutally suspended, the decision was signed by Miodrag Đorđević

Zvjezdan Radonjić ne bo kandidiral za ustavnega sodnika (Foto: Demokracija)

“As of today, the judge with principles, Radonjić, is suspended – until the final decision in the “disciplinary” procedure has been reached. The decision for his suspension was signed by the Supreme Court vice-president Miodrag Đorđević. #DeepState is currently in the lead, with 1:0 against Zvjezdan Radonjić. But let’s wait for the final result! #ZvjezdanDon’tGiveUp,” reads a tweet by Dejan Kaloh, who was the first to publish what Judge Radonjić already expected to happen even sooner.

In response to the decision on his suspension, Judge Zvjezdan Radonjić told Demokracija the following: “On August 12th, I received the decision on my suspension, which was sent from the Supreme Court of Slovenia, signed by Miodrag Đorđević, stating that the suspension starts on August 13th. I have also been banned from going to court, along with other restrictive measures. This confirms all of the previous statements that I have made in public. To all this, to the consequences that I have explained in the previous issue of Demokracija, we can now add this suspension as well. Personally, I even expected it to come a little sooner, so I cannot say I am surprised, but I have to correct a statement I made, my conclusion was that this was all about protecting some 50, 60-year-old interests, which should be continued, according to the communist method of work. Now I would like to correct the statement I made: this is more reminiscent of the Stone Age, that is, of the times which happened much earlier, when this idea took hold. These people are basically living in the Stone Age. They are completely convinced of their own omnipotence and believe no one can touch them.

The suspension was introduced precisely because of the disciplinary proceedings which are underway. These have been going on for two years now, but the suspension came with a bit of a delay. Of course, this is all the result of the trial in the Novič case, which did not go according to their wishes, where a completely innocent person was supposed to be convicted, in order to protect their employers. I expect the suspension to last at least until my decision to leave the judiciary on March 31st, 2021. If you were to read the expert opinion, you would find on pages 13, 14, that I am basically incapable of participating in the disciplinary proceedings, except for the fact that a defence counsel is appointed to me ex officio, without whom I cannot participate. However, my ex-officio defence counsel has still not been appointed, and now I am waiting for that decision to happen. Then the counsel has to study the files, and then he will probably enforce the removal of the presiding judge and the disciplinary prosecutor, after which everything will only be able to start when it will already be too late. This is what makes the suspension pointless.

I basically do not even have a problem with the suspension, because, despite the fact that I will only be getting 60 percent of my salary, I can work on some other things and prepare for my new job during this time. However, I was particularly surprised by the fact that they were bothered by the public letters, that is, what was published in the newspaper Demokracija and other similar newspapers, but they were not bothered by what was published in the newspapers Dnevnik, Mladina, and Večer. No one who published in those newspapers is in any kind of proceedings – including the president of the District Court, Marjan Pogačnik, and some other judges, who constantly talked to their journalists and fed them fresh information, on the basis of which my reputation was repeatedly smeared; of course, that is not enough for the introduction of any procedure. Namely, the judiciary still explicitly represents only the left-wing positions, while, for everything that has been said and published on the right, it demands the introduction of disciplinary proceedings and suspensions. That is, they are the slaves to a doctrine they will never get rid of.

I would also like to cite another quote from the decision on my suspension, which I find particularly interesting, namely “the violation of judicial duty is also related to the fact that I professionally discredited the president of the Ljubljana District Court, Marjan Pogačnik, and important institutions of the judicial system.” Thus, even before the introduction of the disciplinary proceedings, in which this is yet to be established, they have decided that I have already discredited these people, so they had already made their judgement in this case, and Miodrag Đorđević has already ruled on how the disciplinary proceedings would end in a year or two. If this was not the case, they would have chosen another form of expression, for example, instead of stating that I professionally discredited the president, they could have said that I personally discredited him, or that it was likely that I have or that I have perhaps discredited him personally, etc. This still testifies to their totalitarian forms, which they somehow inherited from the Stone Age, way before the left got involved in the whole affair.”

Petra Janša