A request for the dismissal of the Ombudsman was sent to the Parliament of Serbia

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A request has been sent to the Parliament of Serbia for the dismissal of the Ombudsman Zoran Pašalić, accused by a group of employees of that state institution for the protection of citizens - due to mobbing, breaking the law and indecent behavior, Belgrade media reported today.

The letter claims that with Pasalic at the helm, the institution has come to a standstill and accuses him of abuse of office, he refuses to comment. Pašalić, a former head of the High Court of Misdemeanors and then president of the Court of Appeal for Misdemeanors, was elected Ombudsman in the Serbian Parliament in 2017 on the proposal of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party and their coalition partners, and was re-elected in 2023 for a new term of eight years.

In the letter, which TV H1 had access to, the representatives are requested to "verify the allegations and initiate a procedure for the dismissal of the Citizens' Protector Zoran Pašalić" and "to deny him legitimacy" as "illegal, unprofessional, negligent and unworthy".

It is added that it is about "behaving like an armed person, prone to alcohol, employment based on forgery, illegal spending of budget funds, threats, humiliating and insulting women", and that Pašalić is "hiding behind the duties of the Citizens' Protector".

This is not the first time that employees of the Ombudsman's office have complained to the head of that institution.

In 2021, Pašalić was publicly accused of abuse of office by a long-time employee of the Ombudsman institution, but she soon retired after losing the court case.

The expert public also notes that Pašalić did not speak out or did not act in many cases in which it was understood that the Ombudsman's office reacted or that it did so due to pressure in the media.

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