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No violations noted in Kalnmeiers’ participation in hunts held by Skonto būve owners

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUNo breaches of the Law on Prevention of Conflict of Interest in Activities of Public Officials were noted in Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau’s information regarding Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers’ participation in hunts organized by owners of Skonto būve.

At the end of April, CPCB announced that the bureau intends to look into information regarding Kalnmeiers’ participation in the aforementioned hunts. At the time, CPCB noted that the information reported by Ir magazine was not enough to make any conclusions.

The magazine had reported that Kalmeiers has been frequently participating in hunts organized by owners of Skonto būve. In 2013, a terrible fire devastated Riga Castle. Skonto būve was engaged in construction work there. The prosecutor’s office raised charges in this case.

Ir magazine reported that the aforementioned hunts included ex-president Guntis Ulmanis, the head of his chancellery and current co-owner of Skonto būve Ivars Millers and his business partner Guntis Ravis, ex-Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis, former Finance and Healthcare Minister Gundars Berzins, head of Latvijas Gaze co-owner Itera Latvija Juris Savickis and others.

After becoming Prosecutor General, Kalnmeiers was invited to participate in this exclusive event. He did participate in these hunts at least in 2011 and 2012. He was invited by Ulmanis. Kalnmeiers confirmed that he had regularly participated in the hunting event for «two, maybe three years». At the same time, he claims he ‘does not know for certain who’ organized those hunts. He himself did not pay anything for participation. «I don’t think it’s something bad».

Riga Castle was devastated by a fire in 2013. The prosecutor’s office raised charges against Skonto būve. Since then Kalnmeiers has not attended a single hunt. According to Kalnmeiers, no one ever mentioned work-related topics during the hunts.

Kalnmeiers mentioned that Ravis had come to Kalnmeiers shortly after the fire in Riga Castle and complained about ‘subjective investigation and unjustified charges’. However, «his visit had no influence over the investigation,» – claims Kalnmeiers.


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