Press release: Justice for David is working on the Anti-Corruption Campaign and raising public awareness about the work of the Prosecutor’s Office in Republic Srpska

According to the current model of prosecutorial investigation, the prosecutor has enormous power over which there is no mechanism for either internal or external control (Law on Public Prosecutor’s Offices of the Republika Srpska (Official Gazette of the Republika Srpska No. 69/2016)). The prosecutor is free to decide whether to initiate an investigation, against whom he will open an investigation, when and against whom he will suspend the investigation, when he will accuse, when he will drop the charge and whether he will file an appeal and whether he will drop the appeal. Add to that complete freedom in planning the investigation and completely free decision as to which evidence to present, and it is possible to conclude the extent of the prosecutor’s uncontrolled power. In the hands of an unscrupulous prosecutor, any investigation can be obstructed and deliberately ruined without any responsibility. Also, any accusation can be deliberately ended with an acquittal that covers abuses of prosecutorial powers. The role of the court in the prosecutorial investigation has been significantly reduced and reduced to control of suspects’ rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights. , searches of persons and things, conducting special investigative actions and verification of the indictment obtain a court decision.

The specific objectives relate to the involvement of a number of activists in the public advocacy campaign process raising awareness in policy making and influencing the government in terms of reducing corruption in society. Specific project activities relate to the advocacy campaign on the inadequate work of the Prosecutor’s Office and the growing corruption in the work of this institution. One in a series of project activities is organizing promotional stands and signing petitions in 10 different cities of Republika Srpska: Banja Luka, Gradiska, Laktasi, Teslic, Prnjavor, Novi Grad and Bijeljina, Trebinje, Prijedor and Doboj. This is also the central activity of the project, which consists of several different sub-activities.

It is important to mention that all activities will have extremely high media support, both digital and other media. The target group in the project are Prosecutors, decision makers within the Prosecutor’s Office, then the users of this institution. All citizens who will have access to more adequate work of judicial institutions will benefit indirectly. We will inform the general public about all planned activities in a timely manner. Follow us on our portal and on the official channels of social networks.

The Association of Citizens “The Path of Justice” Banja Luka, founded by some human rights activists “Justice for David” approved the project Anti-Corruption Campaign and Raising Public Awareness of the Prosecutor’s Office in Republic of Srpska with the financial support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ii is part of a broader project “Supporting Citizens in the Fight against Corruption” (ACFC), implemented by the Centers for Civil Initiatives (CCI), as the main implementer.

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