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Criminal case against Latvian Saeima deputy Juris Jurašs submitted to court

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Saeima deputy Juris Jurašs

On Monday, 8 July, Prosecutor of the Department of Investigations of Critical Cases Māris Urbāns submitted to Riga City Vidzeme Suburb Court the criminal case in which Seaima deputy Juris Jurašs is accused of intentionally disclosing official secrets, as reported by representative of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Latvia Laura Majevska.

Intentional disclosure of official secrets carries criminal liability in accordance with Section 94 of the Criminal Law.

As previously reported, in January the majority of Saeima deputies supported permitting commencement of Jurašs’s criminal prosecution in the case regarding disclosure of official secrets. The Prosecutor General’s Office requested that. Jurašs, who is currently the parliamentary secretary to Justice Ministry, has announced he has no plans to set down his deputy mandate.

In summer 2016, Jurašs had publicly announced being offered a bribe in exchange for changing the charges incriminated to ex-Latvian Railway manager Uģis Magonis and Estonian businessman Oļegs Osinovskis from bribery to trading with influence, which carries a softer penalty.

Jurašs claimed he had informed then the head of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau Jaroslavs Streļčenoks and Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers of the bribery attempt. Jurašs claimed there was no reaction and no investigation, which is why he decided to inform society of that using mass media.

A criminal process was later launched to investigate Jurašs’ behaviour in publicly disclosing sensitive information. State Security Service investigated the criminal process. However, prosecutor Aivis Zalužinskis concluded that there was no reason to criminally prosecute Jurašs and the criminal process was to be terminated because of the lack of criminal offence.

Later, however, senior prosecutor Modris Adlers declared the aforementioned prosecutor’s decision is unjustified.

The criminal case was then submitted back to the State Security Service and the senior prosecutor outlined necessary measures.


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