Riga City Kurzeme District Court has declared the contract between NP Business Centre and sworn attorney Marcis Mikelsons, based on which American offshore company Menard Port LLC submitted a plea against Laima and Staburadze and more than twenty other companies important for Latvia’s national economy regarding the enforcement of several million euros.
Even after multiple requests from the court, Martinsons could not present the original document of the contract, which made the court question its existence.
On 12 May, 2014, Menard Port LLC submitted a claim to Riga City Kurzeme District Court against 29 defendants in regards to the losses allegedly done to NP Business Centre worth more than EUR 8 million. In its claim, Menard Port LLC told the court that shares were acquired based on rights provided by a contract signed on 15 February 2005. However, this claim turned out untrue, as no mention of it is found in documents detailing the foundation of NP Business Centre and database of the Commercial Register. Information about the joint management contract had only surfaced after Menard Port LLC tried to enforce a considerable amount of money from NP Business Centre and Nordic Partners. Unfortunately for NP Business Centre, no such document exists.
Riga City Kurzeme District Court was only provided with a photocopy of the aforementioned contract in English with a translation in Latvian and a notary-certified copy of the translation. An examination of the photocopy revealed that signatures on the English version of the photocopy were made by a machine, not a human being. This made the court question the authenticity of those signatures and the validity of the photocopy as a legal document.
Sworn attorney Mikelsons, who identified himself as a representative of Menard Port LLC and a participant of the aforementioned document’s signing, ignored multiple requests of the court to provide the original document. With that, the court started questioning the very existence of the aforementioned document and Mikelsons’ compliance with the legal obligation to speak the truth in the court of law.
As noted by NP Business Centre, concerns about the contract’s existence are enhanced by the fact that the contract was signed only on 15 February 2005, not before or on the day of foundation of the company in question. It is also confusing as to why it was necessary to sign the contract, considering that none of the sides that allegedly signed the contract were members of NP Business Centre. With that, the contract in question cannot possible serve as ground for acquisition of shares for Menard Port LLC.
Both Marcis Mikelsons and Menard Port LLC are involved in multiple litigations regarding attempts to enforce several million euros from Laima, Staburadze and more than twenty other companies for alleged losses caused to NP Business Centre.
The prosecutor’s office suspects Marcis Mikelsons and multiple other individuals of criminal actions aimed to defraud finances from Latvijas Projektēšanas sabiedrība.