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Revalde turns to court against Ventspils Vice-Mayor Vitolins

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Ventspils Court has yet to accept the plea from Gita Revalde, the dismissed rector of Ventspils University College, against Janis Vitolins, first deputy of the Chairman of Ventspils City Council for infrastructure affairs in relation to his statements about allegedly illegally spent municipal funds at VUC.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAs reported by Ventspils Court’s spokesperson Dace Grauzina, Revalde’s plea has yet to be addressed. Revalde has been given time to add corrections to her official request to the court.

Revalde, who was dismissed from her post by the college’s Constitutional Council on 25 May, decided to turn to court against the Vice-Mayor of Ventspils and Ventspils City Council, asking the court to order them to withdraw their untrue and defamatory statements and enforce compensation. According to Revalde, the requested compensation is EUR 100,000. She wishes to enforce this amount from Vitolins and Ventspils City Council as co-defendant.

Revalde decided to turn to court in relation to information published by different mass media and provided by Vitolins about alleged illegal spending of municipal funds worth at least EUR 10,000 by the college.

«Compliance of the college’s financial and economic state to regulations in 2013, 2014 and 2015 was inspected by an independent sworn auditor. No problems were found during inspections. The report compiled by Ventspils City Council’s audit group on 24 May 2016 and information provided in the report points to alleged problems found in the college’s accounting documents, realization of the contract between the college and Ventspils municipality. Nevertheless, no specific breaches and violations were found. This means the defendants have used false information to achieve their goal – the dismissal of the rector of Ventspils University College by means of defamation and untrue information,» – says Revalde.

She belies publication of defamatory information by regional media and state level news portals has irreversibly damaged her reputation. Because of that, she decided to turn to court to force those responsible to withdraw their statements and pay a compensation for the damage caused to her.

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