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Court: Lembergs openly ignores requests from judges; sanctions applied again

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Friday, 15 September, Riga Regional Court will continue viewing the criminal case revolving around Aivars Lembergs, who is accused of serious crimes. Lembergs will continue testifying.

On 13 September, Riga Regional Court applied sanctions against Lembergs once again. The court also decided to end all testimonies in the next three court sessions.

At the 4 September court session, Lembergs was fined EUR 380 for avoiding testifying on the subject at hand.

Lembergs has been fined twice already. He says it is a fee for the right to testify.

The court had previously reported that in spite of the applied fines, Lembergs continues to avoid testifying on the subject. In addition, judges have also noticed that Lembergs refuses to comply with generally accepted norms of behaviour when speaking about other participants of the criminal process. With such behaviour, Lembergs openly ignores requests from judges. This is because the fine was applied.

Lembergs remains accused of participating in property transactions, which is something Lembergs is not allowed to do because of his official post. The only change here is the qualification from Part 2 of Section 326 to Part 1 of the same section, because Lembergs had committed criminal acts as chairman of Ventspils Freeport board, prosecutor Ilsteris notes.

Lembergs is accused of bribery is especially large amounts, money laundering, fraud, participation in property deals prohibited to him due to his post, abuse of official power and other crimes.

Only five sections of the charges have been excluded. Those are a mere six decisions among more than 200. With that, no major changes have been added to the criminal case, said the prosecutor.

He explains charges were amended last year. It was done because repetition was excluded from regulations of the Criminal Law. «The prosecutor’s office has the right to do that before then end of court investigation. It does not affect the term because no new conditions, testimonies or facts are added in the process. It is just normal work in accordance with requirements of the Criminal Law,» Ilsteris concluded.

In addition to Lembergs, other suspects in this case include his son Anrijs and the aforementioned Sormulis. All three deny their guilt in the crimes they are accused of.

The case is compiled in 200 volumes and two criminal processes that were submitted to court by the prosecutor’s office in the second half of 2008.

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  1. ZC says:

    380e fine for Lembergs. Sure it is by the law but ridiculous. I think his toilet paper is more expensive. No need to wonder if it will not change his attitude and bevavig.

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  2. Walter Burke says:

    How can a defendant in a criminal case be compelled to testify (against himself)? Is Latvia a banana republic?

    If the prosecutor’s office has made a determination that they have a case against Mr. Lembergs based on evidence and/or statements of credible witnesses, shouldn’t they start calling their witnesses, let the court review the evidence and subsequently rule on the charges.

    Also, why a person who stands accused of bribery/corruption, money laundering, fraud and abuse of power regulated by some anti-graft and corrupt practices laws does not remain in custody? That sounds and looks like a monkey business.

    Are they heading to a mistrial? Are they trying to bungle the case?

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