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Broka dismisses sworn bailiff Cerbulis

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe soon resigning Latvian Justice Minister Baiba Broka has made the decision to dismiss sworn bailiff Artis Cerbulis from his post.

Sworn Bailiffs Disciplinary Committee launched a disciplinary case against Cerbulis on July 10th, as reported by Justice Ministry.

The committee concluded that Cerbulis has been incorrectly and improperly keeping track of deposit money, has not been transferring money to collectors and has not been securing accessibility for visitors (not informing Justice Minister about his absence and not requesting replacements to be put in his absence). It is also reported that Cerbulis has not been submitting statistical reports to the Sworn Bailiffs Council and sorting out the archive of finished cases.

The committee has also concluded that Cerbulis has not been following professional and financial inspections of his activities and has not been able to prove that he is able to avert breaches uncovered during inspections by the Sworn Bailiffs Council.

When making her decision on applying the penalty, the minister took into account the nature of breaches committed by Cerbulis, their impact on the image of the state and the institution he worked in and the extent of the damage those breaches caused to the state and private persons’ interests.

BNN had previously reported that Latvian Justice Minister Baiba Broka has announced her decision to resign from her post. She plans to submit her resignation to Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma in the nearest future.

Broka explains her decision with a responsible approach to the work of Justice Minister and that the government has to make several important decisions in relation to Citadele Bank and Latvian Gas. In order to do this, all ministers must have access to official secrets.

Broka emphasized that one needs to act responsibly in this situation. It is important to make sure the Justice Minister can take part in discussions of all these matters.

As it was noted by Board member of the National Alliance Imants Parādnieks during the press-conference, the party plans to discuss the matter of choosing a new Justice Minister candidate in the next couple of days.

Broka decided to resign after news came from the Prosecutor General that he would not change the decision of the Constitution Protection Office regarding refusal to provide Broka with access to official secrets this week. The lack of access does not allow Broka to take part in government discussions regarding important topics. Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma did not request Broka to resign.

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