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Even pro-Government journalists express their dismay at judge Kacarska

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Comments made by judge Dobrila Kacarska during the trial on the April 2017 incident in the Parliament prompted even strong SDSM supporters in the media to question her bias and conduct. Branko Geroski from the Plusinfo and Sloboden Pecat outlets, wrote that the way in which Kacarska was questioning former Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski made her look more like a prosecutor than a judge.

– No doubt a judge is allowed to ask questions from the witness, but she needs to maintain a role of an unbiased arbiter between the prosecution and the defense, and the prosecutors are the ones who should try to gain information from the witness. The judge must not assume the role of the prosecutor and take center stage in the questioning. She needs to show the highest possible level of impartiality and respect the process rights of all parties to the case, Geroski writes.

During the trial, judge Kacarska was making snide comments at Veljanoski while asking him about the events before protesters entered the Parliament.

– Kacarska’s mock question to Veljanoski, when she commented “you only cared about preserving your seat as Speaker” is unbelievable! Her behavior cast a very serious doubt in the neutrality of the court and violates the presumption of innocence of the defendants. Given the questions she asked, the defense team can already assume her sentence and their defense is now pointless. The court is acting like the Medieval Inquisition, Geroski adds.

Even though cases should be assigned electronically and randomly, Kacarska was given a number of high profile court cases initiated against opposition officials and activists. Her name became a meme in opposition press releases, which speak of the “Kacarska judiciary” as a shorthand for biased and politically charged trials. Especially this case, over the April 2017 incident, was used to pressure three former VMRO-DPMNE members of Parliament to vote in favor of opening the process to amend the Constitution and rename Macedonia.