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Meroni earns several victories at Latvian courts

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The Court has now closed the case regarding the plea of offshore firms Steropes Ltd., and Gyges Ltd. against Swiss lawyer Rudolf Meroni. Furthermore, another decision was made not in the favour of Olafs Berkis last week by the Supreme Court.

Rudolf Meroni

On Tuesday, November 20, by the decision of the Supreme Court Chamber on Civil Cases the cancellation of the previous decision of Judge Liga Blumina of Riga Regional Court that stated, in accordance with Berkis’ team’s plea, an arrest of bank accounts and property of the Council and Board of Latvijas naftas tranzīts. In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Court, Riga Regional Court is required to repeatedly review the plea, reports Press Service representative of Ventbunkers Aivars Gobins.

On Wednesday, November 21, Riga Zemgale District Court decided to end hearings on the case related to the interests of Berkis, Igor Skoks and Gennady Shevtsov against Meroni and Ventbunkers shareholders – Yelverton Investments B.V. and Yelverton Investment B.V.

The plea was submitted in the end of 2009 by Steropes Ltd. and Gyges Ltd. registered on the British Virgin Islands, who pose as Ventbunkers shareholders.

“Actually, the court was supposed to declare its decision about ending the proceedings in the beginning of 2010, when Rudolf Meroni and Ventbunkers shareholders pointed out the fact that Steropes Ltd. and Gyges Ltd. have been confusing the court all along. In their application, they stated that Meroni’s place of residence is Riga, Olgas Street 8, and that this is reason enough to review the case in Riga Zemgale District Court. Even then the court was presented with proof of not only the fact that Latvia has never been Meroni’s place of residence, but also of the fact that the address stated in the plea – Olgas Street 8 – does not exist at all,” – explained Gobins.

As a result of these actions, both offshore firms – Steropes Ltd. and Gyges Ltd. – the representative of which is the controversial lawyer Martins Kveps, actually ensured that court proceedings were initiated at a Latvian Court based on false information. Berkis’ team suffered defeat on November 8 as well, when the Judicial board of the Riga Regional Court in civil matters, after reviewing a complaint of Ventbunkers officials in regard to the actions of Martins Eglitis, decided that court bailiff Eglitis was acting illegally. This complaint was submitted by Ventbunkers officials due to his illegal actions during the execution of the order of Riga Regional Court, which stated that Ventbunkers officials are prohibited from taking office in managing positions of the company – in the interest of Berkis and his team.

Ventbunkers officials and minority shareholders are satisfied with the decisions of the courts, no matter how much Berkis and his crew – former Ventbunkers officials Igor Skoks and Gennady Shevtsov – bombarded and burdened Latvian courts with their absurd and legally false requirements,” – noted Gobins.

BNN already reported, not a year has passed since the last Christmas revolutionary events in Ventspils transit business key company Ventbunkers, when at the weekend, on a public holiday, this and other company – Latvijas Naftas Tranzīts – have slipped out of the control of millionaire Olafs Berķis.

All this took place thanks to the settlement reached between the Swiss Attorney Rudolf Meroni and Oļegs Stepanovs – the recent companion of Berķis.

Changes were made in the company’s Supervisory and Management Boards in Ventbunkers shareholders’ meeting, convened on Friday, November 16, organized by representatives with a close link to the Swiss Attorney Rudolf Meroni and Ventspils millionaire Oļegs Stepanovs. Olafs Berķis and his team members, who had controlled Ventbunkers for the last year, have been dismissed. Few days later, on Monday, similar changes – not favourable to Berķis – took place in Latvijas Naftas Tranzīts.

On November 16, Berķis, as the Chairman of Ventbunkers Supervisory Board, and his deputies – Genadijs Ševcovs and Jānis Junkers – were dismissed from their positions. Meanwhile, Dzintars Kašs and Raimonds Grīniņš – the ones with a close relationship to the influence of Berķis – were dismissed from the company’s Management Board. People, related to the influence of Mr Meroni and Mr Stepanovs, have come in their place. In addition, the manager Gatis Klimass, related to the interests of Aivars Lembergs family, remains to hold the position of the Supervisory Board member. Aleksejs Ovods, with a close link to Mr Stepanovs, has been approved in the position of the Chairman of Ventbunkers Supervisory Board, and Tatjana Poškurlata – suggested by Mr Stepanovs – has been appointed to the position of the Supervisory Board member. Two people from Mr Meroni have also been appointed to the Supervisory Board of Ventbunkers: Aivis Landmanis is now the Deputy Chairman of the company’s Supervisory Board, and Igors Ļaško – the Supervisory Board member. Furthermore, Sergejs Iļjašenko – a person with a close link to Mr Meroni – and two persons related to Mr Stepanovs – Andrejs Piņkovs and Sergejs Ļevčenko – have been appointed to the Management Board of Ventbunkers.

The following entities are recognized shareholders of Ventbunkers: Yelverton Investment B.V., Yelverton Investments B.V., IAG, Austrian IAG Industrieanlagen GmbH, Kement, Topmar Baltic Investments, Optima management, Investment Activity, Aivars Lembergs, Anrijs Lembergs and Liga Lemberga.


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