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Meroni publicly addresses Minister of Justice asking to combat raiderism

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Dr. Rudolf Meroni

Today, April 10, the Supervisory Board Chairman of JSC Ventbunkers and representative of the arrested majority shares of the company Rudolfs Meroni addressed the Justice Minister Gaidis Berzins with an open letter requesting to react to raiderism and its devastating effect on taxpayers and on the international reputation of Latvia

In his letter to the Justice Minister Meroni emphasizes that lawless actions which have long been related to JSC Ventbunkers and acknowledged with court decisions can not be legally justified. Even more – it is inadmissible that this unlawful raiderism is not being combated in Latvia: competent authorities implement «ostrich-like politics» and indifferently look at these illegal activities.

Meroni points out that more than 70% of JSC Ventbunkers shareholders have submitted claims to the Enterprise Register, State Police, General Prosecutor’s Office and Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, but absolutely no reaction has followed. «It resembles a coordinated action of the governmental institutions not to do anything in order to protect the state’s potential interest in JSC Ventbunkers as an attached asset,  which has been entrusted to me as the custodian under the arrest order of the General Prosecutor’s Office,» emphasizes Meroni in his letter to the Minister.

He reminds that in relation to unlawful activities against JSC Ventbunkers «This time it is more about the potential interests of the Latvian state that follow from the criminal process in the case against the Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs and others that is being adjudicated in the Riga Regional Court.».

In these criminal proceedings Meroni with the decision of the Riga Regional Court has been appointed keeper of the arrested property. The arrested assets involve the ultimate beneficial ownership right s and a number of shares that establish a beneficial interest worth millions in the companies like JSC  Ventbunkers,  JSC Latvijas Naftas Tranzits, JSC Kalija Parks, and JSC Ventspils Commercial Port.

The recent usurpation of JSC Ventbunkers which in late 2011 was realized in the interests of minority shareholders – Olafs Berkis and his companions – means that the state has lost any influence over the company’s assets. Therefore Meroni in his letter to the Minister expresses anxiety that raiders who have usurped JSC Ventbunkers want to «restructure» the JSC Ventbunkers commercial operations in such way that only they benefit from it.

«Not far away is the moment when a credible explanation for the present situation will become the prognosis expressed in the media that with the settlement reached between Aivars Lembergs and Olafs Berkis the criminal process against Aivars Lembergs will fail,  making the prosecution a scapegoat,» Meroni says.


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  1. Maedhros says:

    Is there a Justice Minister in Latvia!!???

    Wow, it was the best kept secret in the Country…..

  2. Andrej says:

    Justices minister in Latvia? what a laugh! this government is crooked, they are criminals , who believes a word they say? I hate this government and all it stands for! I say Power to the latvian People, lets start defending our rights.

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