The President of the Transition facing the magistrates: "No strong State without a strong justice"

Colonel Assimi Goïta yesterday met with members of the Supreme Judicial Council in Koulouba. Opportunity to discuss the problems of the judiciary

The meeting took place in the presence of the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Keeper of the Seals Mahamadou Kassogué, the President of the Supreme Court, Wafi Ougadeye and several other personalities. Beyond its aspect of making contact, this meeting was an opportunity for the Head of State to discuss with his interlocutors a number of problems facing the judicial system in our country. Which revolve essentially around security in the courts, respect for the decisions of the courts and the judicial institution as a whole as well as the improvement of the living and working conditions of magistrates. Added to this is the issue of extending the retirement age and “targeted” attacks on justice by some people.

On this last point, the President of the Supreme Court indicated that his institution will not give in to the “rants” of some of our compatriots. According to the high magistrate, the people who attack the officials of the Supreme Court, ignore the functioning of the institution.

Because, he will argue, neither the Attorney General nor the President of the Supreme Court can take a decision without having consulted the office of the institution. He subsequently clarified that the organ which decides in the Court is really this office in its entirety. For Wafi Ougadeye, democracy cannot go without a strong and credible justice which fully plays its role. He then declared that his institution will not fail in its mission, promising that it will fully occupy its place.

In response to the concerns raised, the Minister of Justice and Human Rights assured that measures are underway to find solutions to the problems in order to allow justice to fully play its role in the construction from the country. Regarding the security of the courts, Mahamadou Kassogué announced that efforts are being made so that “we can have a sufficient number of agents to ensure the security of the courts and staff”.

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