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Court may review liability for buying of only eight votes in Zakis’ favour

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSaeima deputy Dzintars Zakis, who was elected in the parliament from Unity and is held suspect in vote-buying case in Latgale, has noted in his testimony to Security Police that everything organized is a provocation against him and the whole party, as reported by lsm.lv.

The court will tackle the vote-buying case in Latgale in two weeks’ time.

Multiple voters from Latgale election region had openly stated shortly after elections there that vote-buying had taken place in favour of Dzintars Zakis. In his testimony, Zakis denied knowing about his involvement in the vote-buying. Zakis is considered a witness in the case. He has given SP a 23-minute-long explanation about events that took place last year.

«In regard to what happened during the 12th Saeima elections, I can testify that I had carried out an active pre-election campaign in Latgale in August and September,» – said Zakis. «I travelled a lot around the region and met with many people there. I can name several spiritual leaders – Buls, Stankevics, can’t remember the name now, Aupe, Mayor of Daugavpils Janis Lacplesis, Major of Zilupe [Andrei] Agafonov, Mayor of Ilukste Razna, Mayor of Kraslava [Gundars] Upenieks, Silicka and others. I also met with the region’s businessmen. I can say that I worked especially intensively in this region prior to Saeima elections,» – added Zakis.

Zakis also explained what he was doing on election day. «On October 4th, I was on Lazdu Mountain, which is situated between Rezekne and Gulbene, along with a team of hunters. I even cast my vote there. I can say that I had entered Kozulis’ Vlakon office in late afternoon of that day. The office is located not far from Rikava. There we talked about news. We also had a little meeting with our friends,» – said Zakis. «There were 15 – 20 people present there. Among them was Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss with a couple of people from his bureau and members of his family. The head of the Autoceļu uzturētājs Vladimir Kononov was there as well. After this event, I departed for Sventes Manor, where Unity held an event dedicated to elections,» – said Zakis.

Zakis states in his testimony that he knew nothing about the vote-buying scandal. «I can say that I was not aware of any vote-buying in Unity’s or any other party’s favour that day. None of the persons I met with that day knew anything about it either,» – said Zakis.

According to information from Panorāma programme, Andris Kozulis, who is accused of vote-buying, has decided not to provide testimony. The court can only review the case regarding the buoying of just eight votes – with each vote costing EUR 20 in Zakis’ favour. This most likely means the division of mandates will be impossible, which is because of too few questionable votes to dispute the outcome of elections. Daugavpils office of Security Police has reported that they have another case in the works. In this case, at least five voters have admitted giving their votes for Zakis in exchange for material wealth.

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