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Munkevics requested to be sentenced to five years in prison

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUProsecutor Velta Zaluksne has requested ex-Mayor of Jurmala Raimonds Munkevics to be sentenced to five years of prison.

In the criminal case currently viewed by Riga City Kurzeme District Court, in which Mnkevics and once member of the board of Jurmala Ambulance Service Normunds Pirants stand as the accused, the prosecutor asks Munkevics’ owned properties to be confiscated and apply a prohibition for him to take posts in state and municipal institutions for three years.

For Pirants, on the other hand, the prosecutor asks four years in prison, confiscation of properties and prohibition to take post in state and municipal institutions for three years.

Court debates will continue on 14 October, when the defenders of the accused side will be given time to present their facts.

During the last hearing, Munkevics said the main witness – Iveta Blaua – had illegally involved him in the experiment carried out by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau. Munkevics had prepared his testimony on approximately 40 pages. In it, Munkevics described his view on the events that took place in 2010.

He claims Blaua had found him in Jurmala City Council on 17 May. According to Munkevics, it was an accidental meeting, because Balua was not working in the city council full-time. There was no meeting on 17 May. From this Munkevics concluded that Blaua had come to the city council with a specific objective from KNAB to meet him and lead him to a meeting between Blaua and Pirants.

«One of the deputies – Blaua – had me involved in this experiment. And now I stand accused because of that experiment. Had Blaua not convinced me to come with her to that Armenian restaurant, there would not have been a meeting on the next day,» – said Munkevics. He adds that Blaua had mentioned in her testimony that her actions were carried out in accordance with KNAB.

«There should not be any doubts that I was pulled into events that turns out were organized by Blaua and KNAB. I would like to point out that in my opinion there was no legal basis to get me involved in that experiment. This fact is proven by the report from the Prosecutor General’s office that there was an operative experiment approved for Normunds Pirants on 17 May. There was no permission to get me involved as well. I have not carried out any illegal actions. Therefore, the law has no reason to go against me,» – said Munkevics.

Pirants and Munkevics were detained on 18 May, 2010, as part of a criminal process for giving a bribe (EUR 7,114) in order to secure a positive result for then the Mayor of Jurmala on the 20 May vote on the subject of expressing distrust. The bribe was offered to deputy Blaua. Two days later, 20 May, both were detained. Munkevics was also dismissed from his post.


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