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Riga Regional Court continues to view Lembergs’ criminal case

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Tuesday, 20 September, Riga Regional Court will continue viewing the so-called Lembergs’ criminal case. As it is known, prosecutors finished reading amended charges in this case at the end of June.

Amended charges take up approximately 260 pages. Prosecutor Juris Juriss had previously explained that amended charges against Aivars Lembergs present new details about the case. Specifically, these details provide more information about certain crimes committed by the accused.

During the august session Lembers said he did not have enough time to read through the new charges. He explained that his lawyer was on vacation when the new charges were presented. Lembergs requested the court to provide additional time to go through the new charges. The court gave him three weeks.

Ansis Sormulis, who is an accused party along with Aivars Lembergs and Anrijs Lembergs, emphasized during the hearing that he does not understand the new charges, adding that the charges include absurd assumptions from the side of the prosecution. He told the court that he does not admit his guilt. Sormulis also emotionally added that the charges are pointless.

Ainrijs Lembergs told the court that the charges are written in a way «that I cannot express my opinion». «Write the charges in a way that I can understand. I have not breached a single section of the law,» – said Lembergs’ son, adding that he does not admit his guilt.

As it is known, prosecutors finished reading amended charges in this criminal case at the end of June.

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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