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A political crime is a violation of the law for political reasons

Your editorial “There must be justice for Christofias’ political crimes” (August 18, 2013) is demonstrating a lack of understanding of the role of the law in a constitutional democracy in relation to a system of ochlocracy.
A political crime is a violation of the law for political reasons in contrast to private reasons and is normally directed against a government or a political system. Further, a government can be accused of political crimes if it is involved in human rights violations and other forms of violations of the law.
In the case of the former government of Cyprus, no law, constitutional or otherwise, was violated due to the economic policies that were pursued. The constitution of Cyprus does not prescribe the fiscal and monetary policies that the government ought to follow, and therefore, it is the prerogative of the government of the day to implement economic policies that it considers appropriate, even if these economic policies are counterproductive and can bankrupt the country.
Furthermore, all the fiscal policies of the previous government were approved overwhelmingly by parliament, and hence there is a collective responsibility, of all the political parties, for the state of the Cyprus economy.
By way of conclusion, in no way am I defending the economic policies of the previous government. In fact, a second year economics student, from a reputable university, would know that even today, Cyprus must reduce government expenditures.
That would require a significant reduction in salaries and in the number of public employees, among other initiatives, in order for the economy to return to a sustainable growth path. However, engaging in the blame game, vengeance and demagoguery, a Cypriot tradition, would not solve any economic issues.
E. Zetusian, Toronto, Canada

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