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Court refuses to give Lembergs three months to go through new charges

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Tuesday, 16 August, Aivars Lembergs, who is accused of committing serious crimes, asked the court to give him three months to go through the new charges presented to him. The court, however, gave him time until the end of this month.

Lembergs mentioned during the Tuesday hearing that he failed to go through the charges in the time he was given, as he could not ask his lawyer for advice this whole time – his lawyer was away on vacation.

Lembergs has questions about the nature of the new charges presented to him as well as specific cases. «I ask for three months so I can properly go through the charges,» – Lembergs added.

Prosecutor Juris Jurass mentioned that the accused had all the rights to go through the charges. «We find it unacceptable when the defence does not express any interest in the terms for the provision of assistance to the accused. This is not the kind of situation that warrants additional time,» – said the prosecutor.

The court decided to give Lembergs time until 29 August. Lembergs stated that this is amount of time is unfair.

Ansis Sormulis, who is an accused party along with Aivars Lembergs and Anrijs Lembergs, emphasized during the hearing that he does not understand the new charges, adding that the charges include absurd assumptions from the side of the prosecution. He told the court that he does not admit his guilt. Sormulis also emotionally added that the charges are pointless.

Ainrijs Lembergs told the court that the charges are written in a way «that I cannot express my opinion». «Write the charges in a way that I can understand. I have not breached a single section of the law,» – said Lembergs’ son, adding that he does not admit his guilt.

As it is known, prosecutors finished reading amended charges in this criminal case at the end of June.

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.

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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