Amendments made to the Criminal Procedure Code introduced a rule that certain cases are heard at the Court where the prosecutor presses charges and the manner in which witness data is handled limits the freedom of information and the introduction of a 120-hour detention rule, resulting in the defendant having no access to an attorney for the first 48 hours have raised concern on whether they respected the Constitution and international treaty obligations.

It is against the principle of free press to limit the protection of journalists’sources to stories serving the public interest. Editors must, moreover, not be obliged to supply data in the absence of pending proceedings. The institution of the ‘Media Commissioner’constitutes an unnecessary restriction on the freedom of press.

Where legislators have rewritten key parts of legislation which is about to be submitted to the final parliamentary vote, this leaves no time for proper parliamentary debate and is therefore unconstitutional.

On the basis of its competence to protect human dignity, the Constitutional Court reviewed the constitutionality of a tax provision. The Court argued that the retroactive effect of the 98 per cent tax was an affront to human dignity.

Civil servants (those working for state institutions and local government authorities) cannot be dismissed from office without a reason being provided.

A law that allowed employers in the public administration to dismiss government officials without providing a reason for the dismissal was unconstitutional.