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Landmanis: who is helping Lembergs upstage famous magicians?

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDeputy of Ventspils City Council Aivis Landmanis has sent a letter to Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma. In this letter, he asks her to publicly explain how Aivars Lembergs manages to be in two places at once and who exactly helps him upstage the famous magician Harry Houdini.

«I have chosen this method of communication because countless exchanges of opinions with Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry, Saeima and the Cabinet of Ministers have not only failed to provide any clarity on this matter, but have also made things even more complicated, raising even more questions in regard to the possible involvement of officials from other ministries in manipulations by the criminally accused Aivars Lembergs,» – writes Landmanis in his letter.

He continues: «You definitely know that Aivars Lembergs is prohibited to perform duties of Chairman of Ventspils City Council and Ventspils Freeport since 2007. You are also aware that Aivars Lembergs continues to refer to himself as Chairman of Ventspils City Council during press-conferences and public events, which begs the question if the security measure is being complied with. You are also well informed about what is stated in Section 25 of the Law on Municipalities, specifically that if the chairperson of the city or municipality council has been discharged from office or has resigned from performing the duties of office, the vice-chairperson of the city or municipality council shall perform the duties of the chairperson of the city or municipality council until the election of a new chairperson of the city or municipality council.

Then it is clear to me, my voters, you and ministries under your authority, especially EPRD and its ministries, that since 2007 Ventspils City Council can only be managed by Deputy Chairpersons and only in cases when the legally restricted Aivars Lembergs is away.

I have submitted several requests to EPRDM, asking to explain the definition behind the word ‘absence’ mentioned in Section 25 of the aforementioned law and whether Deputy Chairpersons of Ventspils City Council have the right to manage the city council with Aivars Lembergs performing the duties of deputy of Ventspils City Council at the same time.

I would like to ask you to explain this situation for the last time. Based on your request, EPRDM provided a response. When preparing the reply, officials of the ministry consulted with Ventspils City Council (and Aivars Lembergs). EPRDM continues to explain that Aivars Lembergs has not been prohibited the right to perform his duties as deputy of Ventspils City Council and the term ‘absence’ apparently means the presence of one person’s body in two different places at the same time, which goes against established scientific laws.»

«Another abnormality motivated me to write to you again. I have been informed that EPRDM has asked Justice Ministry to explain the definition of the aforementioned term as it is mentioned in Section 25 of the aforementioned Law. In the reply dated October 23rd, 2013, JM notes that if a city council’s Chairman performs his duties (officially takes part in meetings) and votes on important matters while on vacation, this kind of case is not to be considered an act of absence, because the Chairman is in his place and performs his duties. In its letter, JM noted that it is hard to imagine how a Chairman can perform duties of deputy without performing duties of a Chairman.

Unfortunately, EPRDM keeps the explanation provided by JM a secret, continuously claiming that Aivars Lembergs’ absence as Chairman of Ventspils City Council does not provide any obstacles for his presence in Ventspils City Council to perform duties of deputy of Ventspils City Council and keep on representing the city’s administration and its institutions.

This kind of response from EPRDM begs the question if officials of the ministry are not themselves involved in criminal activities that may or may not have ties with the criminally accused person in question. Knowing the opinion of Justice Ministry, EPRDM allows that absence can be described as delayed carrying out of duties that may be due to legal conditions. This puts at risk the application of other laws, regulations, international acts and conventions.

I would like to add that EPRDM’s possibly illegal juggling of the definition of the world ‘absence’ can cause irreparable consequences, because it is clearly defined in all of the laws of our country, international regulations and conventions as only physical absence in a specific place. In Lembergs’ case, it is his physical absence specifically in Ventspils City Council,» – notes Landmanis in his letter.

‘I am certain that you, as head of the government, are especially interested in making sure residents of our country and law abiding and pay taxes. If so, you will not allow any distortions of the phrase ‘One law – one justice for all’ and any attempts to shake the established order,’ – writes Landmanis at the end of his letter.


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