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Kristovskis: state officials should be equally strict to Lembergs and Rimšēvičs

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«Lack of consistency – such a conclusion appears after looking at the behaviour of state officials in regards to their request for Ilmārs Rimšēvičs’ to step down as governor of the Bank of Latvia,» says Ventspils City Council member Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis.

«What is more surprising is not so much the call from President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis and Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola  for the governor to step down, but rather the fact that they remained silent the last time a high-ranking official was accused of bribery,» said the deputy.

He says that members of Ventspils City Council – Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis, Dace Korna, Aivis Landmanis and Ivars Landmanis – as well as many other people can judge the situation with Rimšēvičs solely from publicly reported facts, the governor’s own words and reports from law enforcement institutions.

At the same time, opposition members of Ventspils City Council say that they have noticed «no concerns for the country’s reputation from the president, prime minister or finance minister in their acceptance of cooperation with Aivars Lembergs, who is prohibited from performing his duties as chairman of Ventspils City Council and is accused of serious crimes».

«We believe double standards and lack of consistency are no less of a threat to state reputation, administration and rule of law,» said opposition deputies.

Opposition representative say that the Union of Greens and Farmers, Green Party and For Latvia and Ventspils party not only serve Aivars Lembergs’ interests but also allow him to sit at the government coalition’s table. They had also allowed him to be their presidential candidate on multiple occasions in the past.

«In all the countless times when our residents and foreign experts mentioned that this choice casts shadow of doubt on the country and its rule of law, as well as contributes to corruption, Lembergs’ loyal pawns pretended to be deaf, covering up their actions with presumption of innocence. Such political irresponsibility has been present for years. Unfortunately, this sensitive matter was silenced the moment the story with the governor of the Bank of Latvia first emerged. Now it is about the consistent behaviour and honesty from the country’s high-ranking officials. Or more likely the lack thereof, considering the reputation of the state and administration is important in one case and insignificant enough to be swept under the rug in another. All of it is done to serve the interests of one particular official in Ventspils City Council,» says Kristovskis.

Member of the opposition says that the president, prime minister, finance minister and other politicians should be more lenient towards governor of the Bank of Latvia. He also hopes that by «putting the reputation of the country as a priority, the government will start respecting itself and avoid giving into the powers that want to get rid of Rimšēvičs».

«We expect the country’s high-ranking officials, law enforcement officials to demonstrate the will to oppose the illegal situation in Ventspils, and tear it from the hands of the criminally accused official, who has been in power there for years,» said Kristovskis on behalf of Ventspils opposition.

BNN had previously reported that Latvia’s financial sector has experienced several major shocks over the course of the last couple of weeks.

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB) has commenced a criminal process against the governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs on suspicion of bribery. The accused pleads ‘not guilty’ and refuses to step down. He also blames ABLV Bank and others of foul play.

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the US Department of the Treasury intends to impose sanctions against ABLV Bank for money laundering schemes. Until 2017, the management of ABLV Bank had been using bribes to influence officials in Latvia to prevent legal measures and reduce threats to its high-risk activities.


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  1. Zerry says:

    Lembergs should be handled equally, but maybe he knows too much too personal things about high level persons who could “nail” him. Therefore see no evil hear no evil policy shall continue.

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