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Saeima member proposes finally arresting Aivars Lembergs

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDuring debates regarding proposals for the next year’s budget, Saeima member Artuss Kaimiņš from KPV LV political party suggested finally putting Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs, who is accused of serious crimes and is currently suspended from his many posts.

This proposal was voiced by Kaimiņš during debates regarding the proposal to divide finances to prevent reduction of planned state support for Jekabpils multifunctional sports hall construction process, reconstruction of Valmiera’s J.Daliņa stadium and realization of the track and field stadium construction project.

Parliamentarian Imants Parādnieks explained that this funding was initially planned for 2017. However, because of different «objective reasons», it was not possible to commence work. This is why it was decided to re-plan use of money for next year.

Kaimiņš commented on this proposal, saying that «Aivars Lembergs, who remains accused of committing serious crimes, sat down with the head of Latvia’s Olympic Committee Aldons Vrubļevskis during a meeting at Ventspils City Council on 8 November and schemed about ways to avoid paying corporate income tax. To avoid paying this tax, it is planned to use the association».

Turning towards Finance Minister Danas Raiznieces-Ozolas, Kaimiņš said the leader of For Latvia and Ventspils ‘schemes right in front of the minister about ways to not pay corporate income tax by founding the fourth association’.

Turning to Prime Minister Māri Kučinski, Kaimiņš said: «Please arrest this man already! […] I think this person is Latvia’s biggest problem!»

It should be mentioned that Kaimiņš had previously asked law enforcement authorities to check Lembergs’ participation in Business Development Association. He mentioned this association during today’s debates as well. He claims Lembergs’ salary was EUR 187,819 in this association in 2016.

In a document addressed to Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis, Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Kaspars Gerhards, it is mentioned that Aivars Lembergs received a considerable amount of money from Business Development Association over the course between 2000 and 2016 – approximately EUR 2.7 million. Lembergs, on the other hand, said that he is not aware what the aforementioned association does for a living and where its finances come from.

It is also mentioned in the document that information has been reported by the media recently, detailing that Business Development Association works to create a good business environment in Ventspils, as well as come up with ideas to assist with business development and perform analysis of legislative, business and political situations. This association was the one that made decisions that affected Ventspils Nafta and its subsidiaries’ business activities and development. Part of the profits earned by companies associated with Ventspils Nafta was transferred to Lembergs’ private account through the association in question.

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