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Latvian parties exchange accusations about Lembergs criminal case

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«I think you should be put in prison for what you have done,» as Artuss Kaimiņš from party told Inguna Sudraba during a meeting of Saeima’s Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee. Kaimiņš mentioned her dishonest behaviour in the parliamentary investigative committee, adding that Sudraba was in a conflict of interests.

Kaimiņš mentioned her involvement in several cases associated with Aivars Lembergs – one of the main accused in the so-called Oligarchs case. He also reminded Sudraba that concerns about her honesty are only increased by the fact that she was consulted by the lawyer of Lembergs’ son.

On Wednesday, 28 February, Saeima’s Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee viewed Sudraba’s application in relation to Kaimiņš’s statements, including invitation to arrest her.

The committee decided to give Kaimiņš a written warning for some of his statements, including the proposal to arrest Sudraba.

Sudraba asked the committee to assess Kaimiņš’s statements. Vitalijs Orlovs, chairman of the committee, said this would be the ninth time when members of the committee discuss complaints about Kaimiņš’s statements.

The committee agreed to issue Kaimiņš a written warning.

During discussions in the Saeima in regards to Sudraba’s dismissal from the parliamentary committee, Kaimiņš noted that the committee had accepted the final report most investigators had never read before approval. The politician invited Sudraba to pick her own punishment, adding that she should be arrested for her work in the committee. During a different meeting, he mentioned how Sudraba had converted to «Orthodoxy to get Russian voices».

In response to this statement, Sudraba mentioned that by saying that Kaimiņš had breached regulations regarding respecting rights of other people and referencing one’s religious beliefs. The politician believes that Kaimiņš has breached the rule for parliamentarians to rely on facts, their honest and accurate interpretation, as well as honest compliance with the oath. She said he failed to comply with requirements when he mentioned during debates that Sudraba would work in Latvijas gaze, considering that she does ‘hard work’. Once, Kaimiņš had asked his colleague if it was all worth it.

Sudraba says Kaimiņš has breached the ethics code by making statements about the committee’s consultant Aldis Alliks and experts Aivars Borovkovs and Ārija Meikališa in relation to their association to Aivars Lembergs.

As previously reported, the Saeima’s Parliamentary Investigative Committee concluded that the so-called Oligarch talks have signs of state capture, because members of the committee had discussed episodes that featured abuse of official power for personal interests.


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