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Kalnmeiers: I cannot pander to everyone

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«I cannot pander to everyone,» the Prosecutor-General Eriks Kalnmeiers (Ēriks Kalnmeiers) expressed today, September 15th, to Latvijas Radio when commenting the carried decision on the necessity of «inventory» in the case of Ventspils’ enterprises as «a remuneration for the prosecutor general post».

Prosecutor-General Eriks Kalnmeiers

The Prosecutor-General stated that he would not have sufficient time for work, if he had to «be afraid of each suspicion».

«This decision [about «inventory»] was not adopted today, it has been discussed previously. Today, it is made known to the public, but it was not a novelty, especially for the prosecutors, who are dealing with it,» informed Kalnmeiers.

He also pointed out that the decision about the «inventory» was carried out on the part of the case that is still in the Prosecutor’s Office record keeping; adding that it is not the «scholarship holder case». «I don’t know who invented this term, but it is incorrect. There is no such separate case,» asserted the Prosecutor-General; noting that «fiscal payments, fund transfers to individuals or organisations» are monitored; yet he could not name any specific individual or organization.

Kalnmeiers maintained that the widely published information in the mass media on the payment receivers was based on mere assumptions. «I cannot operate with speculations,» he expressed and added «I cannot claim that these are political institutions.»

He reiterated that no decision has been taken to dismiss the action, but a task has been assigned to examine the case, its extent and the potentially perspective and prospect less directions of action, in order to decide on the optimisation of investigation.

It was also indicated that, at the present moment, the number of people that are linked to this particular case does not facilitate its progress within certain time-limits. Such decision was adopted due to the complicated circumstances – the lack of resources, people and sufficient evidence.

«Yes, we have certain problems with the provision of investigation groups, with co-option of people that would be proficient in such investigation; therefore, it is necessary to distinguish the interfering things, and proceed the work on what is necessary to continue,» explained the new Head of Prosecutor General Office.

Kalnmeiers could not predict when the case would come before the court, because its scope is too large – that is why he had not fixed certain «inventory» deadlines; and he could not delve into the particular case due to the amount of work.

The decision on the execution of such «inventory» was made by Kalnmeiers only for this specific case. «There is such notion as reasonable time-limits. The case has been investigated for a long period of time. Any criminal proceedings must have an outlook on the case prospects. It is not right to keep the case in official papers without knowing what to do with it,» he stated. «I am not going to interfere in the investigation process, I only want to make out the perspectives.»

The Prosecutor-General informed that there are certain standards in the Criminal Law that determine at what extent the guilt should be proved, in order to send the case to trial.

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