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Bondars: in Liepins’ situation, I stand with use of legal means against unlawfulness

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCommenting Saeima deputy Dainis Liepins decision not to leave the April 16th meeting of the Saeima, Chairperson of Latvian Regional Alliance Martins Bondars says he stands with application of legal means against unlawfulness.

The leader of LRA did not give a clear answer as to whether or not Liepins’ decision can be considered legal means. He did say, however, a deputy’s presence during a meeting is confirmed with an entry in the register; Liepins is not allowed to register. When asked about the explanation provided by the Saeima Legal Bureau on this matter, Bondars noted that he has yet to read it.

According to the bureau, a deputy’s right to be present during Saeima meetings is part of the right to participate in them. The term «participation» covers all forms in which deputies are able to influence developments of Saeima meetings. With that, «participation» can be interpreted as the right to be present at a Saeima meeting in a way allowed only to Saeima deputies whose right to participate are not restricted.

Bondars sees a lack in justice in the fact that Liepins’ litigation has been continuously delayed and in the fact that there is a clear controversy in interpretations of Liepins’ right to be present during a Saeima meeting. LRA has not made any decisions in regard to Liepins’ actions. This is because the deputy must make decisions in this matter himself.

As it is known, the April 16th Saeima meeting was put off for one week because Liepins did not comply with multiple requests from Inara Murniece, who headed the meeting, to leave the Saeima meeting hall.

According to the Saeima Legal Bureau, deputy Liepins is not allowed to participate in meetings of the Saeima and its committees. The same applies to meetings of institutions under the Saeima. This is because the parliament has agreed to allow the litigation against Liepins to continue. This decision will remain in force until the court announces it verdict, as reported by Saeima press-service.

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