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Politician: security services tapping Riga hotels

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The Latvian presidential elections are going to be very important because the country has been dragged into a major international scandal after security services carried out phone tapping at Riga hotels, one of the party For Good Latvia! (Par labu Latviju!) leaders Ainārs Šlesers (Slesers) is convinced.

The coalition had the opportunity to nominate Zatlers long enough, unfortunately, it did not happen, so we as the opposition forces have officially made the decision to nominate Zatlers for the second term. We have repeatedly said we are waiting for the coalition’s decision. Since it failed to reach an agreement, we take action, Slesers indicates in an interview to LNT broadcast 900 sekundes.

He adds that Zatlers’ election will not only be a domestic policy issue, as it will gain huge international attention, because Latvia is involved in a major international scandal.

More than two years ago, I turned to the Prosecutor General’s Office with a request to find out whether as a politician, I am being phone tapped. It turned out I was not. It was  made known publicly that only phone tapping is taking place, but I also discussed with Prosecutor General’s Office as to whether premises are being bugged, the politician reveals.

The security institutions claimed this does not happen, yet for two years I collected information to find out the truth. It appears that by thinking that politicians’ conversations are intercepted we have got ourselves in an international scandal. I have confirmed security services are carrying out tapping at Riga hotels. These are places visited not only by tourists but also by foreign delegations and prime ministers.

I asked the Prosecutor General whether the hotel Rīdzene is intercepted and at that time the information was not confirmed, but now there is intelligence that it is being tapped, says Slesers.

The question is whether interception is allowable for several years at an international hotel? Concrete action will take place; it is necessary to immediately block a series of hotel rooms, preventing security services access to them. The CPCB and SAB are organizations conducting tapping. I call for denying access to the hotel Rīdzene presidential suit No.501 and deluxe suits No. 310, 401 and 201 . Serious attention should be paid to the conference hall, attracting foreign special services to the investigation. Delegations of high officials did not stay only at one hotel, so other hotels should be checked as well, the politician emphasizes.

I believe all foreign embassies will respond after this, I urge Zatlers to issue an emergency National Security Council’s meeting and clarify how long this has taken place and under whose orders.

Zatlers is the only person remaining neutral in political processes, because the CPCB monitors the Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis. I assume the Prime Minister was not informed about this, but he is responsible for it. I think there will be an international pressure, as it no longer is a local-level scandal but possibly a «Radissongate». I trust Zatlers, but I think that political guarantees will be necessary for security institutions’ employees to provide evidence and only the next president will be able to offer them, Slesers points out.

Special services are bound together to the extent we have reached a situation that instead of politicians, special services are controlling the situation, Slesers indicates.

LNT contacted the CPCB yet it refused to provide any information.

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