"Justice, as an independent function and pillar of the Republic and the Rule of Law, is expressed exclusively through the specifically and thoroughly reasoned decisions of the competent judicial formations - which are subject to control in the manner prescribed by law - and not by individuals or bodies, which are entitled to express their thoughts and personal opinion in public, but are not institutionalized judicial bodies ", emphasize in their joint statement, the President of the Supreme Court Angeliki Aliferofoulou and the Prosecutor of the Supreme Court Vassilios Pliotas
The reason for the intervention of the leadership of the Supreme Court is the recent disagreements and counterclaims among the judicial and prosecutorial officials regarding the content of the recent press release of the Union of Judges and Prosecutors for the case of Dimitris Koufontinas.
With its position, the leadership of the Supreme Court points out the obvious that justice speaks with the decisions of its officials. exercising their jurisdiction within the framework of the Constitution, while acknowledging the right of individuals or bodies, such as the Association of Judges and Prosecutors, to make their position public.
At the same time, the president and the prosecutor of the Supreme Court stand by their colleagues who are handling the case of Dim. Lignadis, in the face of the "wave" of controversy and criticism they receive in the exercise of their duties.
The entire joint statement of the President and the Prosecutor of the Supreme Court is as follows:
"In view of the growing disagreements and counterclaims within the judiciary and prosecutors regarding the content of the recent press release of the Union of Judges and Prosecutors, it is pointed out that Justice, as an independent function and pillar of the Republic and the Rule of Law, is expressed exclusively by specifically and thoroughly reasoned decisions of the competent judicial formations - which are subject to scrutiny in the manner provided by law - and not by individuals or bodies, who, although entitled to express their thoughts and personal opinion in public, are not statutory judicial instruments.
In addition, public criticism of judicial authorities in general for handling pending cases emphasizes that judges and prosecutors, being aware of their special institutional role and ensuring their independence from the guarantees provided by the Constitution in the execution of perform their mission, under any circumstances, with honesty, impartiality and objectivity, undisturbed and unaffected by occasional unfavorable comments, occasional praise or unfair attacks, when they receive them under the guise of criticism, of their personal targeting, with sobriety, courage, bravery and self-confidence and always guided by the law and their conscience.
Any failures or even imputable culpable behaviors of the same (judicial and prosecutorial officials) are subject to institutional judicial control within the framework of the procedures provided by law. ”