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Opposition members set to amend security instances

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A former lawyer and now Saeima member Andrejs Elksnins has submitted proposals to amend the law on Investigatory Operations. However, they seem to make life easier for suspects but more difficult for the police.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe opposition has managed to ensure that the amendments will be addressed by a special sub-commission ran by Elksnins’ party member Janis Adamsons (Harmony Center), reports TV3 broadcast Nekā Personīga.

Elksnins is familiar with issues related to investigatory activities, since he worked as a lawyer in many criminal cases. In his work as an advocate, he has been trying to prove that the law on investigations is not constitutional. However, the Constitutional Court dismissed his claim.

Now as the Saeima member Elksnins has once again submitted amendments to the Investigatory Operations Law. He offers to stipulate that six months after the termination of criminal proceedings investigators shall inform persons whose conversations were tapped. Elksnins also wants to grant district courts, not only the Supreme Court, the right to sanction major probes.

He wants to limit security services’ rights to carry out investigatory activities when it comes to national hatred and calls to overthrow the government violently. Just recently, the Saeima decided that criminal proceedings will follow if parties have hidden funds. Elksnins’ amendments in turn protect politicians, so that they are safe from any probes.

Elksnins claims he is merely taking care of human rights. He says he is fighting against too active phone tapping.

The Interior Ministry and the General Prosecutor’s Office strongly criticized Elksnins’ initiative, so the deputy withdrew it but did not give up. Finally, he has been heard. Elksnins and his fellow party members have set up a sub-commission to help the amendments move on to the parliamentary Defence, Interior and Anti-corruption Commission.

Also Janis Adamsons is set to carry out his own reforms relating to the state secret. He claims that this is not going to interfere with his work in the commission.

Aleksejs Loskutovs and Ainars Latkovskis are strongly against Elksnins’ amendments. They say that these proposals pose a threat to the national security.

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