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Ventspils Freeport carries Lembergs around with luxurious car worth EUR 156,000

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn spite of a 16.44% turnover decline, Ventspils Freeport bought a lux-class Audi A8L W12 for EUR 156,000 last year. It’s only known passenger so far has been the formally suspended chairman of Ventspils City Council Aivars Lembergs, as reported by Latvijas Avīze.

Vetnspils Freeport authority explains that the car was bought using «finances of the Freeport authority» and it is necessary «for representation needs of high-rank officials, port authority members, members of large international companies and transportation of members of Ventspils Freeport authority under high-security conditions».

The Freeport authority could not, however, explain if there was any information received from law enforcement authorities regarding any potential threats to warrant transportation of officials under «high security conditions». The authority could not answer the question as to who has been using this car these past two months.

The newspaper reports that Lembergs is the one who has been using the car to travel to and from Riga Regional Court. Ventspils Freeport authority could not provide an explanation as to why Lembergs was allowed to use the port’s owned car for his personal needs.

Several years ago Lembergs was seen using the freeport’s luxurious car to travel to and from Riga for regular court hearings. First it was an older model of Audi A8L, which cost the freeport approximately EUR 140,000.

According to Latvijas Avīze, the new Audi A9L W12 cost Ventspils Freeport authority EUR 156,190. According to data from CSDD, there was only one such vehicle registered in Latvia last year. The car is fitted with a 6.4 l petrol engine with 493 horsepower. Its fuel consumption is 11 l per 100 km, according to data from CSDD.

In 2012, prosecutor Juris Juriss requested Ventspils Freeport authority to provide information on Lembergs’ duties in the Freeport, as well as reasons why he was allowed to use the port’s luxurious car for his own needs. Imants Sarmulis, head of Ventspils Freeport, responded by saying that Lembergs is a member of Ventspils Freeport authority and that «members of the authority do not have any specific duties».

Even the Prosecutor General’s Office could not find out if anyone else besides Lembergs uses the car in question. Sarmulis only said that no account is kept of private persons using the car. He did say that Aivars Lembergs is one of the people who use it, because he is a member of Ventspils Freeport authority. According to Sarmulis, Lembergs uses the car to «contribute to the development of Vetspils Freeport».

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