Democratic Party condemns alleged political interference in Bogdanovic’s release
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.