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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Wednesday, January 8, Chief of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau Yaroslav Strelchenok announced his plan to dismiss Juta Strīķe from her post in the next couple of days.

Strīķe, who was dismissed by Strelchenok last December, was restored in her post by Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis ‘until the situation is resolved’.

In his interview to LNT, Strelchenok mentioned that Strīķe will be removed from her post, because he informed the Constitution Protection Office of the decision to deny Strīķe to state secrets, which no longer allows her to perform her duties. The decision to dismiss her was made because she is no longer trustworthy, he said.

Strelchenok says his authority over this matter is restricted by the Prime Minister’s decision. Strelchenok believes the Prime Minister has interfered with internal work of CPCB.

According to the head of CPCB, he has two options. One – leave CPCB altogether. Two – remain in his post because the situation does not allow him to remain idle.

He also said that Dombrovskis’ decision was made in haste.

Strelchenok added that he prepared a detailed report on Strīķe’s activities and arguments in favour for her dismissal (a total of 275 pages) for the Prime Minister to review on January 7. But then, nearly four hours after the submission of this report, it was officially announced that the decision to dismiss her is cancelled.

Strelchenok mentioned that Dombrovskis had three arguments to justify his decision, and all of them, according to the head of CPCB, are irrelevant. Dombrovskis criticized the evaluation of Strīķe’s work. Strelchenok believes everything was done in order with the law. Dombrovskis said her dismissal was carried out without any coordination with the trade union. Strelchenok, on the other hand, believes there was no need for that. Also, he said Strīķe was in the middle of a conflict of interests. Dombrovskis also noted that the decision regarding Strīķe’s dismissal lacks any proper mention of a way to challenge this decision. Strelchenok, however, says CPCB had received word from the Supreme Court regarding further actions just a few days ago.

Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis believes these facts are important for a matter that involves the dismissal of a high-rank official. He added that he has the authority to perform an investigation of decisions made by the head of CPCB. In his opinion, results of this investigation allowed him to conclude that this decision was illegal.

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