Prosecutors mentioned in the opening statement to the court that the criminal process that the process involving the interview of additional witnesses could take at least six months, further prolonging the criminal case. Prosecutor Juris Juriss believes the defence should announce the list of witnesses sooner, so that the court is able to effectively plan its work.
On Monday, 28 September, the court stated that there will be multiple video-conferences with witnesses in Switzerland. However, a response has come in from Switzerland saying that it is not possible. It is also planned to hold multiple video-conferences with witnesses in November. The court stated that it is planned to interview Swiss lawyer Rudolf Meroni on 29 October an in the middle of November.
The next court hearing is scheduled for 19 October.
During one of the previous court hearings, a proposal was voiced to relieve Swiss lawyer Rudolf Meroni from his duties as supervisor of 53 stocks in Ost Services AG owned by Ventspils Transit Business Ansis Sormulis. On 5 March the court declined the prosecutors’ previously submitted proposal to apply additional security measures against Sormulis. The court has partially satisfied lawyer Janis Rozenbergs’ request to supplement the court’s previously assigned complex sound examination with additional queries.
Previously, the court satisfied the prosecutor’s request to carry out a complex sound examination. The prosecution had requested the court to carry out a sound examination of the audio footage of a conversation between the accused, which was recorded by Danish special services. The prosecution believes the recorded conversation contains Lembergs’ ownership rights in certain commercial enterprises.
Lembergs is accused of bribery in especially large volumes, money laundering, faking official duties, participation in monetary deals in which he is prohibited to participate due to his official status, abuse of power and other crimes.
In addition to Aivars Lembergs, his son Anrijs Lembergs and the aforementioned Ansis Sormulis are also suspects in this case. All three of them have said that they do not and do not admit charges raises against them.
The criminal case consists of nearly 200 volumes and two criminal processes. Both of those criminal proses were submitted to the court in the second half of 2008.
Riga Regional Court started an expanded review of this case on August 20th, 2009. Because of the complexity of this case, it is now reviewed by judges Boris Geimans, Irina Jansone and Ligita Kuzmane. Arija Zdanova is approved as a reserve judge.