Top management of the Slovenian Police involved in illegal hacking of Facebook accounts, emails of Slovenian citizens and members of Parliament
- Slovenian Police operating under secret internal regulations which allow human rights violation
- Government of Slovenia trying to recreate a parallel legal system based on classified regulations as was the norm in communist Yugoslavia
Slovenia is celebrating 25 years of independence this year, however a big chunk of our beloved country’s subsystems are still deeply rooted in the times of the communist Yugoslavia. The latest scandal supporting the above statement involves the very leadership of the Slovenian Police Force. As it turns out, the Slovenian Police has internal regulations which allow human rights violations. Furthermore, the Police leadership refuses to hand over these secret regulations to the sole competent authority which can and should exercise control over their work - Parliamentary Commission for the Supervision of Intelligence and Security Services (CSISS).
The facts are that:
1. The Police hired a hacker, who was ordered to illegally hack into Facebook accounts and emails of specially selected citizens - among them were also Members of the Slovenian Parliament. By doing so, the Police and the hacker grossly violated human rights of Slovenian citizens.
2. The CSISS requested the executive acts on the basis of which the Police hired a hacker, but the Police refused to hand them over to the parliamentary supervisors. The parliamentary supervisor is being prevented to find out the details of the operation, like who was giving orders on the payments and what is the sum of the transactions.
3. The Government of Miro Cerar (ALDE) and the Ministry of the Interior therefore continue with the practices of the former Yugoslavia when secret official journals that contained secret laws and implementing regulations existed. Based on such laws people were convicted to lengthy prison sentences, many of them were executed by the secret police, which was led and controlled by the Communist Party.
Slovenian Democratic party is concerned with the aforementioned events. Questions are being raised in the Slovenian public, whether Slovenia has, under the leadership of Miro Cerar, again established a parallel system of law based on on classified regulations. Authorities are preventing parliamentary scrutiny which should enable acquaintance with the documents that have not been published and could dangerously infringe the human rights. Avoiding the handover of these documents raises concerns that the Police is being protected of the criminal offences and violation of human rights.
Slovenian Democratic Party is drawing attention to the dangerous practices being re-enforced over the last couple of years in Slovenia, that are dangerously similar to those from the times of authoritarian Yugoslavia. Everyone still remembers opposition leader and two-time Prime Minister Janez Janša’s unjust imprisonment during the last parliamentary elections. Although the judgement was later annulled by the Constitutional Court and Mr Janša found not guilty, the political damage was done. The governing Slovenian left has also illegally deprived parliamentary mandate from Mr Janša, the decision, which was later again proven unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court. Disabling the parliamentary control over the activities of the secret services and the repressive state apparatus is just another arbitrary, undemocratic, and dangerous move by the current Slovenian authorities.