bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Friday 20.10.2017 | Name days: Leonīda, Leonīds
LatviaLatvia

Prospects: power or prison?

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(+1 rating, 1 votes)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU

Ainars Slesers and Aivars Lembergs

In the near future, the Prosecutor General’s office may decide on launching criminal prosecution against the prime minister candidates Ainars Slesers (Slesers Reform Party – LFP/LW) and Aivars Lembergs (Greens and Farmers Union). BNN conducted a survey of experts on how real is the possibility that the Latvian oligarchs will be really prosecuted?

According to the portal Pietiek.com, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB) will complete the probe in «oligarchs’ case» in the following weeks. A separate criminal process was launched from this case regarding suspicions of bribery, where Lembergs and Slesers were allegedly involved last autumn.

We remind that previously it was suggested that Slesers secured his party member Andris Ameriks’ appointment as the chairman of Riga Free Port’s Board. To achieve this, he turned to Lembergs for support. In return, Slesers had to ensure that Riga Free Port concludes agreement with Lembergs influenced SIA Mediju nams on the Free Port’s advertising placement in print media owned by Mediju nams.

There is a possibility that charges will be brought against both oligarchs: against Slesers for possible bribery, but against Lembergs – for allegedly receiving bribes in the third party’s interests.

Lato Lapsa, co-owner of the portal Pietiek.com, assured BNN that his information sources at law enforcement institutions have provided enough information for him to presume a launch of a separate criminal proceeding against the above mentioned persons. He also specified that the criminal proceeding is already underway; the question is whether the prosecutor’s office will decide in favour of initiating the prosecution of oligarchs. «My prediction is yes – they will decide on this. The prospects of initiating a criminal prosecution are real. Yet the issue to be questioned in Latvia is the court ruling, as the Latvian court system is a very special thing and hence it is impossible to know the outcome».

Aleksejs Loskutovs, former head of the anti-corruption bureau and Saeima deputy from the party Unity, also believes that the possibility of prosecuting Lembergs and Slesers is real. «The CPCB’s employees are aware of their responsibilities, as well as feel the society’s attention. Nobody would casually rumour about such matters,» Loskutovs emphasized.

While in discussion with BNN correspondent on Slesers and Lembergs criminal prosecution prospects, Juris Reksna, ex-State Secretary of the Interior Ministry and former State Police chief, revealed he does not want to bet on this. «In this regard, I cannot tell how real the possibility of such developments is. It would only be a guess. The society and journalists can only mention something, but assumptions do not apply to the case». Reksna explains the appearance of such materials in the press with the fact that «there is no smoke without fire». «The time will show,» he concluded.


Leave a reply

  1. aaa says:

    PRISON

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Prime Minister: Latvia cannot accept additional asylum seekers

Latvia cannot afford to resettle additional asylum seekers, said Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis during his meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday, 19 October.

Scandinavians purchase tourism company in Lithuania; changes expected in Latvia too

Dutch Otravo online travel organization has expanded and has purchased Lithuanian online travel agency Interno Partneris, thereby entering the Baltic market.

Ombudsman: non-citizen status matter should be resolved in next decade

The next ten years may be the transition period to ‘put an end’ to the non-citizen status in Latvia, said ombudsman Juris Jansons in an interview to LTV programme Rīta panorama.

Swedish Foreign Minister: harassment exists at highest political level

The Foreign Affairs Minister of Sweden, Margot Wallström, has commended the current sexual assault and harassment awareness campaign in social media and urged to fellow politicians to address the problem.

Latvenergo recognized as Latvia’s most valuable company for tenth time

Latvenergo has been recognized as Latvia’s most valuable company in 2017. Its value grew 34% in comparison with 2016, according to the TOP 101 list of Latvia’s most valuable companies compiled by Prudentia and Nasdaq Riga.

Number of births and number of deaths decline in Latvia

During the first nine months of this year 15,723 babies were born in Latvia, which is 1,113 children fewer than in the corresponding period of the last year.

CC applies binding conditions for the sale of MTG Broadcasting AB

Latvian Competition Council has decided to permit Bite Lietuva to purchase MTG Broadcasting AB group’s businesses in Latvia. CC has applied several binding conditions to prevent a possible impact on competition on the television services and advertisement market.

Eesti Energia warns: Limiting CO2 emissions on capacity could endanger energy supply

Estonian energy giant Eesti Energia has evaluated that a plan under discussion in the European Union to introduce a carbon dioxide release limit for capacity mechanisms to qualify for subsidies could adversely affect the security of supply in Estonia and the Baltic states.

Solidarity tax norm recognized as non-compliant with Latvia’s Constitution

On Thursday, 19 October, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia declared the Solidarity tax norm as non-compliant with the country’s Constitution.

Survey: Riga residents go to the doctor’s the most often

34% of residents undergo regular health checks, according to Mana Aptieka & Apotheka health index. In addition, women are twice as serious about health checks as men.

LG cozies up with idea of rebuilding railway tracks to Reņģe, Latvia

Lithuania‘s Lietuvos Geležinkeliai has sent a mixed message as to what it intends to do next following an EC fine of nearly 28 million against it over the dismantling a 19-km railway stretch with the Latvian village of Rengė.

Čigāne: European Union’s social pillar is very important to Latvia

On Wednesday, 18 October, Saeima’s European Affairs Committee approved Latvia’s national position on the introduction of EU Pillar of Social Rights.

40% of all car problems are relate to lighting, battery and security systems

It has been determined that 41% of all car problems are related to lighting devices, 39% of problems are related to malfunctioning batteries, and 44% of problems are related to security systems.

Xi Jinping: Chinese socialism has entered new era

China's ruling Communist Party's five-year congress has been opened with the country's President Xi Jinping outlining a general plan for the future development of China.

Public transport in Latvia procurement may be at risk

Considering that continued and unhindered provision of public transport services on ten routes may become at risk from 1 January 2018 onward, Public Transport Council made a decision to ask the Road Directorate to sign a new contract to ensure services are available in multiple Latvian cities, as confirmed by Road Directorate.

Iraqi forces retake disputed territories from Kurdish forces

Three weeks after the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, forces of the Iraqi central government have taken control of the territories in the country, which had been seized by Kurdish fighters after victories over the terrorist group «Islamic State».

Sale of MTG’s business in Baltics to Providence concludes successfully

Wednesday, 18 October, marked the successful conclusion of the sale of Baltic assets owned by Swedish media concern Modern Times Group to Providence Equity Partners. From now on companies previously owned by MTG in Baltics will function as a single organization named All Media Baltics, as confirmed by the company’s manager Pierre Danon.

Estonian port company makes 29% more revenue in January-September

Estonian state port company Port of Tallinn has made the revenue in the amount of 99.1 million euros in the first nine months of 2017, which is a 29% increase compared to January-September in 2016.

42 gambling halls to be closed down in Riga in next five years

On Wednesday, 18 October, Riga City Council supported plans to close another 33 gambling halls in the city. With that, a total of 42 gambling halls will be liquidated in the next five year.

Latvia has the highest index of female CEOs among EU member states

The highest index of female CEOs among European Union member states belongs to Latvia – 47%. In total, only 33% of CEOs in EU were female last year, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

Survey: more and more people take notice of benefits provided by EU membership

65% of Latvian residents believe the country’s membership in the European Union has brought tangible benefits. A similar opinion was voiced by 64% of residents of all EU member states in the Eurobarometer study performed by the European Parliament.

17 persons in need of international aid are relocated to Latvia from Turkey

On Tuesday, 17 October, seventeen individuals, including nine children, in need of international protection were relocated to Latvia from Turkey as part of EU resettlement programme, as confirmed by Latvian Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs.

BATL: to avoid crisis in transit sector, government and Transport Ministry must act

Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis’ led Latvian Ports, Transit and Logistics Council also supports Saeima’s National Economy Committee’s decision on the need for Transport Ministry to develop a long-term vision for the development of the country’s transit industry.

Psychologist: six-year-old children are not ready for school

«It is wrong to believe that the sooner a child starts going to school, the better their academic results will be. Reforms are performed aggressively, without asking pedagogues or other specialists for their opinion. We lack a comprehensive analysis of the current situation that would be based on studies, not international ratings,» says certified clinical psychologist and psychotherapist Jolanta Lamstere.

Klaipeda transport ticketing system to be installed by Estonian Ridango

In the Lithuanian port city of Klaipeda, Estonian firm Ridango has been selected for installing its technology on public transport.