Rule of law in Slovenia reaches a new low: Judge pressured by the leadership of the judiciary to give a guilty verdict

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Zvjezdan Radonjić (foto: arhiv Demokracije) Zvjezdan Radonjić (foto: arhiv Demokracije)
  • To cover up corruption at the Chemistry Institute, that among others also illegally produces drugs, explosives and poison, the leadership of the Slovenian judiciary intended to convict an innocent man of murder
  • District Judge Radonjić uncovered the shameful work methods in the Slovenian justice system when delivering the acquittal of Milko Novič. The Judge was subject to various methods of pressure to "not give a fair trial" and convict a man to 25 years in prison
  • The most intensive pressure on the Judge came from the head of the Specialised Prosecution Service, the president of the Supreme Court and the media, which started reviling details from his private life and his medical files
  • Judge Radonjić said that, because he wanted to grant a fair trial to Novič, he would never get promoted and would likely face suspension. You can listen to the translated statement by Judge Radonjić that completely uncovers the misery that is called the Slovenian judiciary here.
  • After the Patria trial, Slovenia was again shaken last week by open disclosure of how its deep state works in the judiciary. Although the trust in Slovenian judiciary is among the lowest in the EU and most of its citizens have a general idea of how corrupt the Slovenian justice system is, nobody knew the exact work methods of the biased Slovenian courts until district judge in Ljubljana publicly described various methods of pressure he was subject to in the notorious Novič case. In order to cover up corruption at the state institution – Chemistry Institute, which among other things illegally produced drugs, explosives, and poison, the leadership of the Slovenian judiciary intended to convict an innocent man of murder.

    Milko Novič, a former employee at the National Institute of Chemistry, was initially convicted of murdering his boss and sentenced to 25 years in prison in April 2017. However, the ruling was quashed by the Supreme Court in October 2018 and a retrial was ordered. Novič has been acquitted of murdering Chemistry Institute boss Janko Jamnik in a retrial last week. Presiding judge Zvjezdan Radonjić, said that not only there's no proof that Mr. Novič is guilty, but that it has been fully proven that he is not the perpetrator.

    Novič's acquittal is no surprise since the expert witnesses testified that Novič couldn't have been the murderer of Mr. Jamnik. What was surprising was Judge Radonjić courage to break a silent rule of not publicly talking about the corruption and bias of the Slovenian judiciary. Radonjić uncovered the shameful work methods in the Slovenian justice system when delivering the acquittal of Milko Novič. The judge said that from the start of the retrial, the court's president, Marjan Pogačnik, had been pressured to discipline him so he would start conducting the case "the way he should". He also alleged that one of those who suggested his disciplining was Harij Furlan, the head of the Specialised Prosecution Service. The same pressure also came from the President of the Supreme Court. Judge Radonjić also stated that he was subject to a smear campaign in the media and even the uncovering of his medical files. Judge Radonjić said that, because he wanted to grant a fair trial to Novič, he would never get promoted and would likely face suspension: "Novič having a fair trial hinges on my decision to ruin my career." "All of this was done so that some matters at the Chemistry Institute would never be investigated," added Judge Radonjić who also thinks that Jamnik's murder could have been linked to another case in which Lebanese chemist Michel Stephan is tried for allegedly ordering the murder of another Chemistry Institute official, Janez Plavec.

    Follow the link below to hear the translated statement by Judge Radonjić that completely uncovers the misery that is called the Slovenian judiciary, completely in the hands of the deep state.

    Listen to the recorded and subtitled speech of the judge Radonjić HERE. 

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