Lozan Panov, the president of the Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC), acted intolerable in the position of a magistrate so he should finally decide – is he a judge or a politician, claimed Hristian Mitev who was scandalized by Panov’s desire that the EU Commission continues with its Cooperation and Verification Mechanism for Bulgaria.
The reason was the memorandum of the meetings between the representatives of the Judiciary and the EU Commission that report for the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism for Bulgaria and Romania, posted on the SJC official webpage. According to these documents, the president of the SCC vilifies the Judiciary, his own country and its institutions in front of European representatives.
"In my opinion what Lozan Panov did is scandalous and even national betrayal. We all know that the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary in Bulgaria put all their efforts to remove the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) for Bulgaria. What he does at the same time is intolerable” according to Mitev.
"His actions contradict the Bulgarian national interest. This is why in my opinion Lozan Panov betrays his own country”, said the vicepresident of the Legal Affairs Committee in the Parliament.
I am afraid that his personality is split in two or three when it comes to such topics – the CVM, the Legislature or the Judiciary. Lozan Panov should make a decision: he can be either a magistrate and a president of a respectful court in Bulgaria as the SCC, or a politician
I would recommend that he chooses a political carrier, to become a part of a political party or, as it is quite fashionable nowadays – to create his own one where he can freely express his opinion.
"If anyone who is a member of a political party expresses his opinion – I would understand that. But the place for that is the Parliament – not the SCC. The president of a court of that rank should never hold such political positions. His resignation becomes even more urgent!”, concluded Hristian Mitev.
“This would be honorable of him: to make a decision – either to be a president of the SCC or a politician!”