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Not even an 'l' of the law

"This decision or a legal conclusion of the Government of Serbia shows that the regime is in panic and that they are now operating so fast that they cannot even cover the illegitimacy of their actions. I don't know whether you have noticed or not that the decision, on the basis of which the police just occupied some media houses, bears no signature at all. They reacted so quickly and in such a panic that they did not even employ a typist, nor did they put a signature on the paper", said Biljana Kovacevic-Vuco, a legal expert of the Yugoslav Committee for Human Rights, commenting on the brutal performance against 'Blic' daily, Radio Index, and Radio B2-92.

"It should be emphasised that the last wave of repression has nothing to do with the law. It is about strictly political moves, clothed in legal terminology such a 'terrorism', 'the violation of the Constitution' and so on. The Government wishes to deceive the public and demonstrate that everything is, allegedly, conducted by the law", says our interviewee. According to her words, it is wrong to say that the regime in Belgrade has ever been lawful. "They have, in fact, always been positive formalists, but now they don't even have time for any quasi-legal cover for their misleading political actions", explains Mrs. Kovacevic-Vuco.

"What worries me most is the fact that in future they will stick to the law even less. That is why they don't proclaim the state of emergency. It assumes that the system is in order but under irregular conditions. Not that an open violence and repression should be employed along with the abuse of all legal norms which we are now facing", concludes Biljana Kovacevic-Vuco in an interview for VREME.

Source: Vreme NDA (news digest)

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