History of the Greek Revolution Volume 2; In Two Volumes

 
9781236417176: History of the Greek Revolution Volume 2; In Two Volumes
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 Excerpt: ...and used with unrestricted licence. A decree organising civil and criminal tribunals, and establishing a court of review, at last appeared on the 27th August 1830.1 Capodistrias attempted to excuse his delay by declaring that he had avoided doing anything to circumscribe the authority of the future sovereign of Greece--a futile assertion; for he well knew that by prolonging anarchy he had increased the difficulties in the way of 1 Supplement to No. 73 of the revue); 'Epiinpit, 10th September 1830. Book v. establishing order. As long as Capodistrias had any cgAP'"' prospect of retaining the government of Greece in his own hands, he wished to retain all judiciary authority in direct subordination to the executive, as in Russia; and he was adverse to the promulgation of fixed rules of procedure, and to the constitution of independent courts of law. The Corfiot lawyer, Gennatas, whom he appointed minister of justice, and to whom he intrusted the task of preparing the judicial organisation, was the instrument of his views rather from defective judgment than from malevolent intentions. The assembly of Argos declared that the president ought to render the judges irremovable, but neither Capodistrias nor Gennatas were of this opinion.1 This good advice was rejected by Capodistrias, as it has been for more than a quarter of a century by King Otho. But Capodistrias, in the true spirit of despotism, conferred arbitrary powers on the police authorities, and created exceptional tribunals to judge political offences.2 Capodistrias made a great show of promoting education, but he did very little for facilitating public instruction, and nothing for improving the intellectual condition of the Greek clergy. Yet he affected to be a friend to knowledge, and he was sincere...

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