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Prosecutors: Lembergs has requested bribes from multiple people

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Wednesday, 29 June, prosecutors finished presenting amendments to charges against criminally accused Aivars Lembergs’ criminal case. The next court hearing is scheduled for 8 August.

As explained by the court’s press representative Raimonds Locmelis, the break was announced to allow the accused to read through the new charges. The accused will be allowed to express their opinion.

As previously reported, amended charges cover approximately 260 pages. As explained by prosecutor Juris Juriss, amended charges present new, previously unknown, sides of the criminal case. For example, it has been clarified in amended charges as to how specific criminal acts were performed by the accused.

In addition, prosecutors mentioned that Lembergs had requested bribes from multiple people, including Ainars Gulbis and Julihs Krumins, to prevent negative consequences to his legal interests. In addition, Lembergs had requested the other accused, Ansis Sormulis, to ask for bribes from other people.

Lembergs formed a criminal group that included him, Ansis Sormulis, Anrijs Lembergs and another person, who is currently tried in a different process. Lembergs was also engaged in money laundering activities. Prosecutors mentioned multiple such episodes in their amended charges against Lembergs and his accomplices.

Recently Riga Regional Court declined the request to lift the security measure applied to Lembergs – prohibition to fulfil duties of Chairman of Ventspils City Council.  Juriss said that the prosecution believes the court’s decision was justified. One of the prosecutor’s voiced arguments in favour of maintaining the security measure was that the criminally accused person should be prohibited from carrying out the very actions in relation to which the person is accused of committing criminal acts.

«To avoid the situation when a person faced with a restriction to carry out certain actions continues carrying out those very actions in spite of the restrictions,» – Juriss explained the prosecution’s arguments.

«We are now in the stage when we expect to receive testimony from the last witness. It is unknown whether the court may satisfy the defendant’s request for additional witnesses. Previous requests for witnesses have not been declined by the court so far,» – added the prosecutor.

Lembergs is accused of bribery is especially large amounts, money laundering, fraud, participation in property deals prohibited to him due to his post, abuse of official power and other crimes.

In addition to Lembergs, other suspects in this case include his son Anrijs and the aforementioned Sormulis. All three deny their guilt in the crimes they are accused of.

The case is compiled in 200 volumes and two criminal processes that were submitted to court by the prosecutor’s office in the second half of 2008.

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