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Five judges of Riga Regional Court may end up in sights of law enforcers

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian law enforcement authorities may have been watching five judges of Riga Regional Court for a long time, according to information from Ir magazine.

Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers, who leads the criminal process launched against the dismissed judge from Riga Regional Court Iveta Bērziņa, who is suspected of bribery, denies that this case is related to last year’s surfaced information from Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau regarding possible corruptive activities in Riga Regional Court.

However, Kalnmeiers did not deny that there are certain procedures planned for Riga Regional Court. When authorities were busy deciding on the replacement of the now former Chairwoman of Riga Regional Court Sandra Strence, there was not information available in regard to Bērziņa’s case. The Prosecutor General did not reveal exactly how many cases have been launched against judges, but he did confirm that there are several. portal had previously reported that Bērziņa has been detained based on testimony from Bogdanova, which is related to events that took place one year ago, when a Latvian citizen of Afghan origin Gulami ‘had used Bogdanova as a mediator to provide bribes in order to obtain favourable rulings in litigations related to his companies.’

It is mentioned in materials of the case that evidence gathered during the criminal process confirm Gulami’s possible involvement in the bribe attempt to obtain a favourable ruling in the litigation between Terahouse-Maxcapital and Homeland. The legal dispute also involved 966 Freecom, which is represented by Vilemsons, in a litigation involving issuance of a writ of execution in relation to the April 2nd, 2013 ruling of Riga International Commercial Arbitration Court and a side-complaint by 966 Freecom in the litigation by OU Logistic-Ekspress against W.E.S.S.A.

As explained by Vilemsons, this is about Grand Palace Hotel in Old Riga. The ruling of the court of arbitration provided for the end of the rent contract. With that, the issue of the writ of execution was necessary, but Riga Central District Court refused to issue it. This decision was then appealed at the regional court, which also made the decision not to issue the writ of execution. The ruling of the regional court is final and is not subject to appeal. As a result of all this, management over the hotel on Grecinieku Street has been lost, because the owner is not allowed to enter the hotel even though ownership rights have not changed.

Nekā personīga programme had previously reported that authorities have performed searches not only in the offices of Judge Bērziņa and Judge Gunta Ozoliņa, but also in the office of currently dismissed judge of Jurmala City Court Bormane.


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  1. MBI says:

    I am glad the authorities are on this.This problem needs to be fixed.

    As most of you know I have followed the NP Foods/Laima extortion affair for many months now and there has been a turn for the worse on this case recently.

    I am not sure I understand every detail of this recent ruling, because I read the non-English Latvian and Baltic press through a Microsoft translator, since I only speak German and English, but this article from Dienas bizness from November 26, 2014 titled ”Uzņēmumi kategoriski nepiekrīt ZAP lēmumam nerosināt disciplinārlietu pret advokātu Miķelsonu”, I think basically says the following:

    The corrupt lawyer Marcis Mikelsons, who is alleged to be behind the NP Foods/Laima extortion and libel campaign, was apparently checked by the Ethics Commission of the Latvian Federation of Lawyers or an institution similar to that, because he had 8 complaints against him, not just from the NP Foods/Laima affair, but other complaints, and the Ethics Commission did not revoke his license as a lawyer??!!

    Have the authorities looked into this properly? How can a lawyer like this keep his license and stay in practice?, if he could potentially abuse and exploit future clients and cause grave image and reputation damage to the Latvian legal profession.

    The only reason a corrupt lawyer like this could stay a lawyer, in my humble opinion, is that he has powerful people protecting him. Maybe he is protected by other corrupt judges and legal authorities, who are in turn blackmailed or bribed by the Mafia?

    I hope the Latvian Authorities are looking more closely into this case.

    The World and Europe, especially Germany, is really looking at and looking up to Latvia at the moment, because of its upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

    I wish the Latvian Nation and the Latvian People much success for this important period of their history as an important partner in the European Union.

    Happy Thanksgiving greetings from the West Coast of the United States.

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