Demo­cratic Party con­demns al­leged po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in Bog­danovic’s re­lease

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The Demo­cratic Party has con­demned with­out any reser­va­tions what was al­leged in the me­dia about Daniel Bog­danovic. Me­dia re­ports claim that the player was ar­rested and then re­leased from po­lice cus­tody fol­low­ing a re­quest by a govern­ment of­fi­cial. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter is be­ing con­ducted by for­mer Bri­gadier Carmel Vas­sallo.

In a state­ment, PD said that if this story is true, two fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples were bro­ken; po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence in the works of the po­lice and the lack of sen­si­tiv­ity from the po­lice against a vul­ner­a­ble per­son.

“Our so­ci­ety gives the right for po­lice of­fi­cers to carry out du­ties which can­not be done by a nor­mal ci­ti­zen. But this same premise obliges the po­lice to be re­spon­si­ble in their ac­tions. These ba­sic prin­ci­ples have to be safe­guarded in a true democ­racy.”

PD also men­tions what is re­ferred to as con­stab­u­lary in­de­pen­dence, which is sup­posed to en­sure the nec­es­sary au­ton­omy so that the po­lice can work with­out any in­ter­fer­ence. “This can be avoided by hav­ing the po­lice force act on its own ac­cord, and not un­der the con­trol of politi­cians. This is the only way we can pro­tect the vul­ner­a­ble in our so­ci­ety,” it concludes.

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