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Prosecutor's office asked to launch criminal proceedings against Ushakov

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFriday, January 10, lawyer Ieva Brante turned to Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and Prosecutor General’s Office with a written request to evaluate the facts she presented in regard to a possible act of misleading residents, misuse of power, misappropriation of funds of Riga municipality’s budget and launch criminal proceedings against Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov.

In her request, Brante writes that the regulations in regard to differentiation of public transport fares that were approved by Riga City Council multiple times last year still have not come into force. On top of that Riga City Council has yet to react to the report of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry about such regulations being illegal.

According to her, Section 45 of Municipalities Law states that if a report from EPRDM is received and it contains explanations why regulations proposed by Riga City Council are illegal, the latter is obligated to provide explanations and publish them. If Riga City Council does not agree with the ministry, it is still obligated to provide explanations and publish them in Latvijas Vēstnesis (Latvian Herald). Therefore, Riga City Council is obligated by law to publish regulation regardless of whether or not it agrees with the ministry’s report.

20 days have passed since EPRDM announced Riga City Council’s regulations illegal. Officials have yet to publish anything.

‘Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov knowingly misleads Latvia’s residents about the alleged fact of these regulations coming into force. He actively advertises this, urging residents to sign up for Riga Resident Card. The advertisement of this illegal public transport fare scheme is funded from Riga City Council’s budget. The same applies to the illegal Riga Resident Cards,’ – Brante explains.

She also notes that the Mayor of Riga is clearly aware that he mixes principles of private and public rights: the principle of private rights is ‘everything that is not prohibited is allowed’ and the principle of public rights is ‘only that which is required by law is allowed’. If Ushakov is allowed to do all that is not prohibited as a private person, he as the Mayor of Riga is not allowed to justify his actions with things that are not prohibited by the law. As the Mayor of Riga, Nil Ushakov must act in accordance with the law. Therefore, she believes he has misused his authority and has mislead residents of Latvia.

In her request to CPCB and Prosecutor General’s Office, Brante writes that Ushakov’s actions can be considered as intentional misleading of society, misuse of power and lawlessness and circumvention of the law. It also shows misappropriation of Riga municipality’s budget.

Considering all of the above, she asks authorities to act in accordance with Section 6 of the Criminal Procedure Law and carefully assess the information she provided them in her letter.

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