On Thursday, 17 December, Riga Regional Court declined the request of Ansis Sormulis’ lawyer Janis Rozenbergs to relieve Swiss lawyer Rudolf Meroni from his duties of supervising shares of Ost Services AG arrested as part of the so-called Lembergs case.
The court has also declined Rozenbergs’ request to have the Prosecutor General’s office to present proof that prosecutor Juris Juriss had permitted Meroni to carry out the sale of Latvijas Naftas tranzīts’ owned shares in Ventspils nafta.
Rozenbergs also submitted to the court the list of witnesses. He asked the court to invite 14 people to testify including the partner of Meroni’s law firm and its secretary.
Lembergs’ lawyer Irina Kauke asked the court to invite 94 witnesses, including representatives of multiple foreign companies and former prosecutor Andis Mezsargs.
State prosecution says they wish to have a look at this list in order to make a statement on this request. With that, the court has decided to keep this matter open in order to wait for the prosecution’s opinion on the matter.
Participants of the case were presented with a new schedule of court hearings at one of the previous hearings. This schedule states that from now on this case will be viewed on every work day. On Thursday, Rozenbergs and Oskars Rode – Anrijs Lembergs’ defendant – provided the court with a list of dates on which they will not be able to come to court hearings due to involvement in other processes.
The court hearing was put off until 14 January. The court also decided to call in Ainars Gulbis and Julija Krumina to testify again in future hearings.
As previously reported, the regional court declined the prosecutor’s previously submitted request to apply additional security measures against Sormulis. The court did partially satisfy 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.