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5 Apr 2019

Lukashenko urges to detect and get rid of corrupt judges

Lukashenko urges to detect and get rid of corrupt judges

MINSK, 5 April (BelTA) – Corruption in the judicial system is absolutely unacceptable, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he attended a meeting in the new building of the Supreme Court on 5 April to discuss ways to improve the activity of general courts, BelTA has learned.

The president mentioned the country-wide anti-corruption campaign. “I cannot say that corruption has made significant inroads into the judicial system. However, paradoxically, judges deliver verdicts on corruption cases and at the same time some of them break the law, too. Over the past years, six colleagues of yours were convicted of corruption. I cannot say that we have screened the entire system for corruption, but some facts were revealed. You know that many more people compromised their reputation and were fired for that,” the president said.

In his words, it certainly puts the entire judiciary in a bad light; though the absolute majority of judges are honest and hard-working people. At the same time, Aleksandr Lukashenko believes that the situation in the Belarusian judicial system is much better than that in a number of other countries, including in the neighboring states.

“Strong action against corruption is a matter of honor for the very judicial system. The reputation of the judicial personnel relies on their integrity. People susceptible to wrongdoing, people with sticky fingers, should be identified and got rid of fast, because it can only get worse. In this regard I support the position of the Supreme Court chairman who approaches some incidents even in a tougher way than the president [though I have zero tolerance against corruption]. And this is right,” the Belarusian leader added.

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