Federal Prosecutor – Zadic vs. Edtstadler: Judicial reform dispute


In the discussion on the establishment of an independent federal prosecutor’s office, Justice Minister Karoline Edtstadler (ÖVP) criticized the draft of Justice Minister Alma Zadic (Greens). According to Edtstadler, the appointment, resignation and continued scrutiny by parliament should be.

Justice free from political restrictions. The road to it is full of high obstacles. A group of experts founded by Zadic developed a concept for a federal prosecutor’s office that was not subject to instructions from the ministry.

Edtstadler: ‘Parliamentary control is lacking’
Zadic thus wants to disempower herself and her successors. This requires a coalition partner. And ultimately a two-thirds majority. State Secretary Karoline Edtstadler (ÖVP) is not very impressed. “The draft lacks parliamentary scrutiny. In addition, it should be a federal prosecutor’s office and not a three-member Senate to decide.”

Moreover, this should be part of a total package: stricter handling of the evaluation of mobile phone data; shorter procedure time; Compensation of the acquitted. The former judge demands this in a stern tone.

You and colleague Zadic are not really green with each other. Greens judiciary spokeswoman Agnes Prammer said: “Parliamentary scrutiny is also important to us. What we absolutely cannot imagine is that Parliament will take staff decisions. And we don’t need a standing subcommittee where politicians ask when the next house search will take place.”

After all, the ministers will soon be discussing the design. There is still no mention of the necessary Edtstadler package. The wheels of justice are likely to grind even more slowly than previously thought.

Source: Krone


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