Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ingush Judges Accuse Ingush President of Putting Pressure on Courts

The Council of Judges of Ingushetia (a Russian constituency in North Caucasus) petitioned Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to protect Ingush courts from pressure exerted by Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov. The petition alleges that Yevkurov interferes in courts' work, directing them what judgments to enter and driving disobedient judges out of courts. President Yevkurov requested Russia’s Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev to "sanitize" Ingushetia’s judicial bodies. According to Yevkurov, some judges "boycott the work on eradication of corruption and crime" by making baseless acquittals.

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