New judges union at­tacked for serv­ing per­sonal goals

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Greece’s Union of Judges and Pros­e­cu­tors (EDE) yes­ter­day at­tacked an ini­tia­tive by top ju­di­cial of­fi­cials to set up a new union as an op­por­tunis­tic move that risked caus­ing a rift in their com­mu­nity.

Crit­ics say the move was or­ches­trated by Supreme Court Pres­i­dent Vas­si­liki Thanou, who has lob­bied for ex­tend­ing the age limit for judges be­yond the max­i­mum of 67 years. The limit is stip­u­lated by the Con­sti­tu­tion.

The pro­posal of Thanou, who is 66, was last month crit­i­cized by EDE as a bid “to over­come con­sti­tu­tional bar­ri­ers.” “Ex­pe­ri­ence shows that such at­tempts, which serve no sub­stan­tial pur­pose but are in­stead driven by per­sonal ob­jec­tives, are bound to fail­ure,” EDE said. “The new union will soon fiz­zle out when the real rea­son be­hind its es­tab­lish­ment dis­ap­pears. But it will in­flict wounds that will be hard to heal,” it said.

The pa­per­work for the new union has been sub­mit­ted and it has gar­nered the sup­port of sev­eral se­nior judges al­ready.

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