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Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs

Despite fierce resistance, until May 20, 4.00 pm GMT Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs will have to pledge to the High Court of England and Wales on his list of assets or either figure out a new way of avoiding the pledge or face considerable trouble, perhaps even forfeiting part of property allegedly not owned by him, the High Court of England and Wales judged on Tuesday, May 17, reports the portal Pietiek.

Lembergs has to indicate the actual amount of his property in the so-called Latvian Shipping Company vessel chartering case, where Ventspils Mayor’s opponent Oļegs Stepanovs’ property was initially distrained. However, now it is Lembergs’ time.

Lembergs’ official property list, according to his public official’s declaration, is rather modest; however, it is contrary to the Lembergs family’s one. According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, the total value of their owned property could be estimated at several hundreds of million dollars.

Lembergs tried to avoid the inconvenient pledge, at first «falling ill», but then, through his lawyer, trying to convince the court that the holding company Vitol’s claim against him is politically and maliciously-motivated and the court is not entitled to claim this from him.

Besides, he also adds the court’s decision on the possible seizure of Lembergs’ assets was not translated into Latvian. Also, Lembergs even mentioned the fact he is the representative of the ruling coalition in Latvia.

This request from Lembergs, asking the court to determine the course of the proceedings as confidential, was contradictory to the previously published announcement by Ventspils Mayor titled Even the English Court will not Intimidate me!.

In this announcement, Lembergs characterized the initiated proceedings in England as absurd, unjust trial against him, designed to intimidate and attain his inaction. Moreover, the politician stated that all his property is declared on his public official’s annual declaration and any other allegations on this matter are nothing more than empty speculations.

However, the portal Pietiek learned that on Tuesday, May 17, the High Court of England and Wales was of different opinion, dismissing all Lembergs’ defence arguments as unjustified.

 


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