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Court forbids Munkevics to be elected in Jurmala City Council institutions and posts

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Jurmala City Court on Wednesday (September 8) decided to forbid Raimonds Munkevics, who is accused of giving bribes, to be elected in Jurmala City Council institutions and positions. Whereas he is not forbidden to approach Jurmala City Council member Iveta Blaua or other members of the local government.

Raimonds Munkevics

This decision was made after examining requests to apply additional security measures to Munkevics, after the decision of the court, the prosecutor Velta Zaluksne (Velta Zaļūksne) and the lawyer of Munkevics Aivo Leimanis informed LETA.

Zaluksne informed that she was definitely to appeal the court decision. Whereas the lawyer Neimanis indicated that the prohibition that provides that Munkevics cannot be elected in Jurmala City Council institutions, is against the law on local governments.

Munkevics himself, after the reading of the decision, announced that the events that recently have taken place in Jurmala City Council are political machinations.

As it has already been announced Blaua was the first one to turn to the court requesting that Munkevics should be applied additional security measures. She is in a status of a witness in the criminal proceedings.

The prosecutor received the application of Blaua last week, where the deputy complained about Munkevic’s influence on her as a witness. Zaluksne requested that Munkevics is forbidden to approach also the deputies Maris Dzenitis (Māris Dzenītis) un Marija Vorobjova, the agency LETA was informed by Munkevics himself. She indicated that these persons just like Blaua are witnesses in the case. Leimanis opinions that the request to apply additional security measures to Munkevics lacks proofs, therefore there is no ground to approve it.

After getting introduced to the application of Blaua and considering her circumstances, Zaluksne told that Munkevics should be applied even several additional security measures.

The law states, «If a deputy, according to criminal procedure prescribed by law, has not attended council meetings three consecutive months, due to procedural measures or poor health – he or she might be suspended by a relevant decision of the council (..).» Although the law does not clearly state what to do in the case when a deputy is accused and undergoes criminal proceedings. A court or other proceedings driver could eliminate an elected municipal official’s powers, but in this case, for example, the court could prohibit Munkevics to approach certain persons, namely, Blaua, and to leave the country.


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