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Authorities are requested to launch criminal case for illegal euro introduction before referendums

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThursday, January 16, ‘Latvia for Lat’ association plans to submit a request to the Prosecutor General’s Office. In this request the association asks to launch a criminal case in regard to illegal introduction of euro without first waiting for possible referendums and their results.

Section 90 of the Criminal Law provides for criminal responsibility for delaying referendum and similar activities, the association reports.

In the request addressed to Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers, it is stated that ‘Latvia for Lat’ association believes euro was introduced illegally in Latvia on January 1, 2014, because this act violated Sections 1, 2 and 89 of Latvia’s Constitution; Sections 21, 23, 90 (1), 279, 317 and 318 of the Criminal Law; Sections 6 and 10 of State Administration Structure Law and Sections 271 (2) and 28 (1) of the Law on Judicial Power. With that, the association claims it was not able to use its rights and collect signatures to launch a referendum.’

‘The Constitutional Court violated Section 90 (1) of the Criminal Law – delayed the referendum. Announcing the government’s plan to introduce euro in Latvia on January 1, 2014, not reviewing case Nr.2013-06-01 (On the compliance of Section 24 (5) and Section 23.1 of the Referendums and Legislative Initiatives Law with Section 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia) and allowing euro to be introduced before there was any clear idea about the possibility of holding a referendum. The law provides for a swift review of specific situations and cases in the shortest possible time.

Latvia’s government and Bank of Latvia introduced euro on January 1, 2014. This was done without waiting for the possible referendum and its results. This contradicts principles of democracy, shows signs of usurping power, ignoring residents’ rights, misuse of power and general ignorance in regard to decision-making and state management principles. The law clearly states the entire government complies with a single system of equal hierarchy and the executive power had no rights to introduce euro ahead of time,’ – say the authors of the request.

‘Our association requests a criminal case to be launched in accordance with all this. We request to have this situation rectified as soon as possible in the best interest of Latvia’s residents,’ – as mentioned in the request.

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