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Court continues to consider Lembergs' criminal case

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Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs

The Riga Regional Court on September 16 at 11.00 continues to consider the so called Venstspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs criminal case.

The previous hearing of the case took place on Monday when a decision regarding Julijs Krumins (Jūlijs Krūmiņš) status in the process was announced. It was decided by the court that he is to be heard as a witness claimed by the prosecution party. This does not exclude that Krumins can also be heard as the representative of the victim Man-Tess, reports LETA. Several previously claimed requests of participants of the process still have not been decided upon.

The prosecutor accuses A. Lembergs of taking bribes at especially large amounts, illegally acquired funds and other assets laundering, position falsification, participation in material transactions where he was forbidden to take part due to his post, abuse of official position and and other crimes.

Anrijs Lembergs, a son of the Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs, and a businessman Ansis Sormulis have also been accused in the criminal proceeding. All the previously mentioned persons reject the accusations.

Two criminal proceedings have been combined in approximately 140 volumes, which were handled to the court by the prosecutor’s office in the second half of 2008. Riga Regional Court resumed considering of the case on August 20, 2009 in extended composition. Due to the complexity of the case, it is now under examination of the judges Boriss Geimans, Ligita Kuzmane and Irina Jansone (Irīna Jansone) with the appointed free official Arija Zdanova (Ārija Ždanova).

Since 16 February, 2009, the case was being considered by B. Geimans with lay judges, yet the institute of lay judges was liquidated in July 1, 2009. Therefore the composition of the court of that time did not manage to hand down a judgment.


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