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Vaškevičs continues to undergo treatment in Austria

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFormer Finance Ministry official Vladimirs Vaškevičs continues to undergo treatment in Austria nearly one month after the Supreme Court decided to keep in force the order to arrest the bribery accused official. Meanwhile, his lawyers are busy preparing a plea to the European Court of Human Rights.

One of Vaškevičs’ lawyers – Oskars Rode – claims his client remains in Austria, where he continues to undergo medical treatment. According to Rode, Vaškevičs has never tried to avoid the court. Quite the contrary – he has always been prepared to cooperate with the court as much as his health would allow it.

Rode explains that the process of any person’s extradition from one country to another needs to be carried out in accordance with specific regulations. Therefore, Latvian law enforcement authorities are required to send their Austrian counterparts and official European arrest order before any action can be performed.

‘We still believe the only goal of the court’s ruling is to arrest Mr Vaškevičs at any cost. We are currently preparing a plea to submit to the European Court of Human Rights, because we believe Mr Vaškevičs will not be provided with a fair trial in Latvia,’ – said the lawyer.

The February 17th decision of the Supreme Court’s Office of Criminal Affairs in the case regarding an attempted murder of Vladimirs Vaškevičs, in which he was wounded while performing his duties, is also of high importance. The Supreme Court had completely declined the ruling of the court of appeal and send the case for a repeated review, as noted by Rode.

‘Mr Vaškevičs’ life may be in danger in Latvia. It is likely that those responsible for the attempt on his life are still waiting for him. This is further proven by the fact that even though suspects in this case – Mārtiņš Putniņš, Edgars Krogerta and Sergejs Markevičus – have been in prison these last couple of years, our client has been receiving threats,’ – says Rode.

The prosecutor’s office does not comment on whether or not there is an official manhunt for Vaškevičs. Press-secretary of Riga Regional Court Aigars Bērziņš claims the court had sent the prosecutor’s office a request to launch a European Arrest Warrant.

In accordance with the Criminal Procedure Law, extradition of a person from a European Union member state is to be carried out based on the decision of the Prosecutor General’s Office on the issue of a European Arrest Warrant.

As reported, the Supreme Court left the ruling of Riga Regional Court to change security measure against the bribery accused Vladimirs Vaškevičs to an arrest unchanged January 20th, 2014.


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