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Lindermans’ lawyer contests court’s decision on his arrest

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe lawyer of pro-Russian activist Vladimir Lindermans has contested the decision made by Riga City Vidzeme Suburb Court regarding her client’s arrest.

Now the case will be viewed by Riga Regional Court, said lawyer Jeļena Kvjatkovska.

A complaint has also been filed to the Prosecutor General’s Office in regards to unjustified use of force during Lindermans’ arrest. Although Lindermans’ suffered no injuries during his arrest, the chosen method of bringing him in was unjustified, she said.

Lindermans was sitting at a bus stop, when a Security Police car stopped nearby. Officers then forced him on the ground and put him in the car, said the lawyer.

The court permitted Lindermans’ arrest after a request was submitted from Security Police last week. Lindermans is suspected of breaching the section of the Criminal Law regarding incitement of national, ethnic or racial hate. He is also accused of activities aimed against Latvia’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, state power and state structure, as well as organizing mass riots.

Lindermans is the second pro-Russian activist to have been arrested in the last month in Latvia.

On 21 April, Riga City Vidzeme Suburb Court applied an arrest as a security measure on the leader of the so-called Non-Citizens Congress Aleksandrs Gaponenko. He was arrested as part of a criminal process for possible anti-Latvian activities.

Lindermans was arrested for the speech that he gave on 31 March during an event called All-Latvian Parents Gathering. During this event, Lindermans opposed the liquidation of Russian schools, says Kvjatkovska.

She claims nothing her client has said constitutes a crime.


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