Saturday 18 August 2018

Why we must back our judge's ruling

High Court judge Aileen Donnelly. Photo: Ronan Quinlan / Collins
High Court judge Aileen Donnelly. Photo: Ronan Quinlan / Collins
Editorial

Editorial

The importance of the decision by High Court judge Aileen Donnelly in refusing an extradition request from Poland, pending a review by the European Court of Justice, cannot be underestimated.

 At the heart of the decision is the very future of the EU in the form of a union of countries "founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights", as outlined in Article 2 of the establishing Treaty.

In announcing her ruling, Judge Donnelly was bringing to a head something which has been festering for the past three years since the current ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) came to power in Poland. Apart from the systematic dismantling of the independence of the Polish judiciary, the PiS has turned the national broadcaster into an arm of government propaganda and purged the public services of its critics, all the time espousing a form of "patriotic" nationalism and an appeal to "ordinary" voters and the demonisation of "elites" and former communists.

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