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The complainant’s case delay and the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB) Head Normunds Vilnitis illness hinder the probe in the CPCB Head’s alleged infringements, Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers told after a meeting with the President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers.

Several responsible prosecutors have complained that some the CPCB employees are promising to provide detailed information to be waited for several weeks.

Given that the CPCB Head was ill the whole month, written answers are still awaited from the part of his.

Most of the CPCB employees filing the complaint have been heard out.

Both the complainants and the persons to be checked were not eager to collaborate, so we faced certain difficulties in getting information from them, says Kalnmeiers.

He asserts they will try to round up the investigation by March, at the same time pointing out it is not possible to give an exact date, as this is an important issue that should not be rushed, he told.

The aim of the probe was to find out CPCB Head compliance to the post and whether a special commission should be set up to evaluate this. Such a commission can be formed only if there is a serious breach of regulations, stresses the Prosecutor General.

After the probe rounds up, a report will be sent to the Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, but the information will not be publicly available.

As reported, Dombrovskis has said Vilnitis himself should take a decision on resigning, while the CPCB Head said the Prosecutor was pressurized to affect its work. Currently the prosecutor is investigating the alleged Vilnitis infringements after the complaints of his deputies Alvis Vilks and Juta Strīķe.

Dombrovskis believes the way Vilnitis head the institution has lead to the conflicts, thus reducing the society’s trust in it, while Vilnitis accuses Dombrovskis of exercising pressure on the prosecutor, reported LETA.

Vilnits told the TV broadcast 900 sekundes he planned initiating new disciplinary actions against his deputies, saying that he does not intend to resign himself, as he believes several the CPCB employees are linked to certain political powers, for example, the political association Unity (Vientotība) has always approved of particular the CPCB employees.

Vilnitis believes Dombrovskis aims at getting him out of the post to assign a person favouring him instead. He was also shocked about Dombrovskis decision to halt the CPCB reform, knowing that the regional group had already started implementing it. He says the group has to do with high-rank officials, the Eastern borderline and smuggling.


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