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De Facto: Latvia loses right for Muliš’s sentence but revokes his citizenship instead

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian institutions will no longer attempt sentencing Germans Milušs to a real prison sentence, as reported by LTV programme De Facto.

Latvian Justice Ministry explained the situation to LTV journalists the following way – the moment Latvia entrusted Russia with the job of passing the sentence, it lost any rights to appeal it.

The programme reminds that twelve years ago Germans Milušs was sentenced to five years in prison for bribery. Milušs was accused of seeking a Jurmala City Council deputy who would vote in favour of Juris Hlevickis as mayor in exchange for a bribe. Milušs was never arrested – as a citizen of Russia, the businessmen fled to this country, where he remains to this day. Russia does not hand over its citizens to other countries for prosecution.

Latvia did make sure the Russian court recognized the ruling made in Latvia and ensured its execution – the European Council Convention provides for this. However, the Moscow Court changed Miluš’s sentence – instead of a five-year prison sentence, he was sentenced to community service, De Facto notes.

Justice Ministry’s representative explained in a conversation with LTV that formally Russia has complied with international law. The country accepted the case, recognized the ruling made by Latvian court and found Milušs guilty of bribery. Latvia has no more options to voice any complaints regarding the decision made by the Russian court to change the sentence – the European Council Convention does not allow this.

«We are unfortunately forced to conclude that there is nothing we can do. Following our request Russia accepted our court’s ruling. Now that the case in another country’s jurisdiction there is nothing we can do,» said acting director of Latvia’s Justice Ministry’s international cooperation department Ilvars Turkopuls.

Latvian law enforcement authorities also had to pull the request for Germans Milušs’ international wanted list. Next year, when Milušs will have served his sentence, he will be able to travel outside of Russia. LTV also notes there will be nothing preventing him from travelling to Latvia. Although his Latvian citizenship was revoked not long ago, Milušs can apply for a Schengen visa. The only exception is if Latvia adds him to its blacklist.

Neither Foreign Affairs Ministry nor Interior Affairs Ministry offer comments on this, De Facto notes.


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