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Judge helps rob Ventbunkers

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It seems that the fight for AS Ventbunkers and its subsidiary AS Latvijas Naftas Tranzits is here to linger. Swiss attorney Rudolf Meroni, who represents the legitimate majority shareholders, is fighting on one front line, but Ventspils millionaire Olafs Berkis on the other.

Like it was not enough, there is also the notorious judge Juris Freimanis, against whom the corruption watchdog has received a complaint.

Freimanis keeps coming up with blatantly absurd rulings in favour of Berkis and his associates, banning the legitimate majority shareholders of AS Latvijas Naftas Tranzits from holding shareholder meetings. In fact, he forbids the actual shareholders of the company to manage and get access to their property.

Besides, the ruling does not comply with the Latvian legislation, because Feimanis did not demand the plaintiffs to provide any evidence. Thus the judge is once again going against the practice of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court Chamber of Civil Cases.

Also, it is obviously suspicious that Berkis and his allies’ claims repeatedly round up in the hands of Freimanis – of all 40 other Riga Regional Court judges. This is indeed quite interesting, given the fact that Riga Regional Court uses an electronic distribution system.

“By satisfying Berkis’ claim the judge is contradicting the rulings made by the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court Chamber of Civil Cases. Just recently, on February 9, 2012, when hearing case PAC – 1030, the Supreme Court stated that plaintiffs must not only indicate the circumstances which make them doubt future enforcement of a ruling, but also provide supporting evidence,” legitimate representatives of AS Ventbunkers say in a statement.

The company is raising the question whether upon satisfying the claim Freimanis was merely being negligent or deliberately failed to assess it properly. He did not even check whether the claim contained true information in the first place.

The ruling also contradicts the one taken by the General Prosecutor’s Office (December 17, 2007), appointing Meroni as the custodian of Aivars Lembergs’ arrested property.

Persons close to Berkis have confirmed that Ventbunkers take-over in late 2011 was only possible after an agreement with Lembergs was reached. Under the agreement, huge funds were supposed to travel to the accounts of the accused politician. Thus, he was bypassing the General Prosecutor’s Office ruling.

BNN already reported, Freimanis is no stranger to the Ventspils political elite. Back in 2002, Laimonis Strujevics, the former Economy Minister and the current head of Ventspils municipal Economy Department, submitted a claim against journalist Aivars Ozolins about disrespect to the dignity. Back then, when ruling in favour of his Ventspils fellow, Freimanis felt as an expert in the field of psychological conscience.

The judge’s current day-to-day, however, features rulings in relation to the rights of Ventbunkers shareholders. Decisions always seem to satisfy the needs of Lembergs’ follower – Berkis.

While the group illegally holding control over Ventbunkers employs its own “private” judges, the company is exposed to criminal schemes. They pump out the assets and generate illicit money for corrupt purposes.

The money is also used to bribe political parties and control public media, with an aim to change the political power balance and encourage embezzlement. All this threatens Latvia’s sovereignty.

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