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Liepins: score settling intensifies against me and LRA

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSaeima deputy Dainis Liepins from Latvian Regional Alliance has decided to turn to the Saeima Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee in order to organize a vote in regard to the decision that allows the launch of criminal prosecution against him.

Liepins believes the case against him is purely political and the prosecutor in charge of it deliberately delays the review of the case.

«In my declarations for 2009-2011, I had made multiple mathematics errors. I have never denied this fact. I have since submitted corrections for all of those mistakes. It was never my intention to state false information in my declarations. Nevertheless, this situation has been quickly picked up and used by my personal political opponents and parties. An entire process has been launched against me in July 2013. The court investigation was launched in February 2014.

It should be added that I’ve also never denied the fact of the criminal process launched against me. Both members of the Latvian Regional Alliance and voters in Zemgale had been well-informed of that prior to elections. This matter has been viewed on multiple occasions during LRA meetings. After hearing what I had to say, members of LRA had once again given me their full support,» – Liepins explained in his announcement to the media.

He adds that he would like to see faster progress with the case, because «as a deputy of the 12th Saeima I will not impede the progress of the case. Quite the opposite – I will do everything I can to speed up this case. Hoping to help with objective review of this case in order to prevent political opponents from using it against me and LRA, I will distance myself from participation in Saeima and committee meetings. I will nonetheless continue to perform my duties as the head of Saeima faction of LRA».

Unfortunately, the last court hearing on this case only served to shatter all illusions the deputy once had about objective and reasonable review of this case, as well as the concept of independence of the prosecutor’s office and Latvian courts of justice. «The review of my case was not launched. Instead, it was postponed until June 26th, 2015. This is because the accusing side failed to secure the appearance of witnesses for the court hearing. The court, on the other hand, decided it was not important to begin the review of the case at all.»

«I believe this case now serves as a dangerous precedent that opens the way for politicians to attack their opponents using flaws in legislation in order to launch criminal processes and effectively paralyse their political activity simply by delaying progress of the case for as long as possible,» – said Liepins.

«With that, I believe all of it is one big attack on me as a Saeima deputy and my represented political party, because as long as this process continues (or should I say – remains in one place with no actual progress), I am unable to participate in Saeima and committee meetings to the full extent of my duties and participate in important votes regarding the election of the next prosecutor general, Chairperson of the Supreme Court and President of Latvia. All of it is a political hit: score settling with me and LRA, the party that has become quite inconvenient for the ruling parties. I’m not sure there will be any progress during the June 26th hearing. It’s likely there will be other hiccups and attempts to delay the case,» – says the deputy.

«Knowing that the progress of this case is being intentionally impeded, I have turned to the Saeima Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee with a request to explain why I have been denied the opportunity to participate and vote during meetings of the Saeima and its committees. I am in a state of deep thought: should I turn to the European Court for Human rights about all of this or not? I am a patriot of Latvia, and I wouldn’t want my country to be involved in yet another messy process the country will most likely lose,» – said Liepins in his announcement.


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