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Police unable to explain delays in Gerhards case

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIt has been one month since the initial launch of the review of the administrative violation case launched against Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Kaspars Gerhards for the incident he caused in June, when he struck a 72-yearl-old participant of a Holy Mass near the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows with his car. It is worth adding that police found 0.41 promiles of alcohol in his blood that day.

Concerns over the possibility of intentional delays in this case and political influence are raised not only because of the long period of time this case has been under review, but also the fact that Latvian State Police seems reluctant or unwilling to provide any information at all about delays, as reported by Pietiek.

As it is known, Gerhards hit an old lady near the church not with his personal Nissan Pathfinder, but with a Volvo. As it turned out, he had decided to use the ministry’s owned car for his personal needs that Sunday.

The minister’s public relations advisor Arnis Zacmanis has confirmed that Gerhards was in fact driving the ministry’s car. He said, however, that it was allowed by the ministry’s rules, which state that the three highest ranking officials of the ministry – the minister, state secretary and parliamentary secretary – are allowed to use the ministry’s cars for personal needs during holidays.

This is allowed in order for the minister and two other officials would be able to «arrive to work if an emergency situation requires their presence». Because driver services for the minister’s car is provided by the Saeima car park, it is decided that official cars are to be driven by officials during holidays. What are these rules and when they were adopted is unknown, as the ministry has not provided an explanation.

Pietiek wished to find out the name of the owner of the apartment in Old Riga the minister travelled to and from that day. Although previously it was stated in the ministry’s report that Gerhards is the one who lives there, there is no such address mentioned in his official’s declaration. The minister refused to shed any light on this matter.

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