The Vetevendosje Movement, as it had announced, has sent today to Constitutional Court the Criminal Code of Kosova, which was approved a week ago in Kosovas Parliament with articles 37, 38 and 39, which are considered as harmful for the freedom of press in Kosova.
The MP from Vetevendosje Movement, Alma Lama has sent the Criminal Code to the Constitutional Court and said that the aim of this action is to see finally whether the approved articles violate the...
The MP from Vetevendosje Movement, Alma Lama has sent the Criminal Code to the Constitutional Court and said that the aim of this action is to see finally whether the approved articles violate the Constitution of Republic of Kosova.
Today we have come to submit them to the Constitutional Court in order to see whether these articles are in accordance with the Constitution or not. The Vetevendosje Movement has raised this issue from the beginning. We have said that they are not in accordance with the Constitution and respectively with articles 40 and 42 of the Constitution of Republic of Kosova, as well with article 10 of international convention on human rights, which is as well part of Kosovas Constitution. We hope for a just decision of Constitutional Court, because we believe that these articles violate the freedom of the press in Kosova, Lama said.
However, last Friday, the Parliament of Kosova did not approve the request of the president Atifete Jahjaga on removal of articles 37 and 38 from the Criminal Code, which deal with punishment of defamation and revealing the source of information in cases of criminal procedures.
This failure was followed with resignation of deputy prime minister and minister of Justice, Hajredin Kuçi, as well with reactions of president Atifete Jahjaga, prime minister Hashim Thaçi and EU Special Representative, Samuel Zbogar, who considered the decision of the Parliament as a step backwards and violates the freedom of press.