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Court to review request to cancel unjustified arrests of LNT representatives’ bank accounts

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The Supreme Court (SC) will review the plea from the former Council and Board of Latvijas naftas tranzīts (LNT) on November 20, 2012. This complaint challenges the decision of Riga Regional Court Judge Liga Blumina to secure the request to arrest the bank accounts of those officials.

On September 19, Riga Regional Court made the decision to decline the request of the enterprise’s former officials. As one of the defendants Aivars Gobins noted – this specific decision of Judge Blumina gave a reason for LNT officials to turn to SC.

As reported, the current Chairman of the enterprise Rudolf Meroni previously said the complaint submitted to the SC states there was no legal reason to secure the request in the interests of millionaires Oleg Stepanov and Olafs Berskis against LNT officials –as Judge Blumina decided.

Judge Blumina was presented with documents and proof that showed both the authenticity of the contract of LNT and its compliance with Latvia’s legislation. It is also noted that the civil dispute, one that was reviewed by Judge Blumina at the Riga Regional Court and secured the plea against LNT officials, was not supposed to have been reviewed by Riga Regional Court, because it was supposed to have been submitted for arbitration.

It is also noted in the complaint to the SC that the plaintiff, whose interests were satisfied with the judge’s decision, submitted false testimony to the court, which, possibly, knowingly confused Judge Blumina, who then “made a decision that contradicted Latvia’s legislation and the principles of court practice.”

The securing of the request was set for an amount five times exceeding the one stated by the plaintiff and the one the plaintiff paid a state fee for. Respectively, the paid state fee adheres to the requested amount of 381 775 LVL, but the secured request states the amount of 1 960 052 LVL.

The complaint submitted to the SC states two more reasons why Judge Blumina’s decision is to be considered illegal and subject to cancellation. Also, it is explained that the reason for the initiation of a disciplinary action against the aforementioned judge is solely due to her illegal activities.

The complaint to the SC will be reviewed in a written process, SC secretary Baiba Kataja reports.

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