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Ex-corruption watchdog invites prosecutor to publish phone conversation between Emsis and Kļaviņš

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURiga City Council opposition deputy and former deputy chief of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau Juta Strīķe invites the prosecutor general to publish the full transcript of the telephone conversation that happened between former prime minister Indulis Emsis and Askolds Kļaviņš, who is accused of abuse of power.

In response to the prosecutor general’s Wednesday’s interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT, Strīķe wrote on Facebook that during the interview Kalnmeiers had cited parts of the telephone conversation that took place between Emsis and Kļaviņš, saying that the two discussed the planned criminal process.

«Kalnmeiers claimed that this conversation did not result in the leak of information regarding the criminal process,» said Strīķe. She believes Kalnmeiers had taken statements out of context, because in reality the citation provided by him was actually about the plans to request Saeima’s permission to perform a search in Kļaviņš’s office and home.

In her statement, Strīķe stressed that the part of the conversation in which ex-prime minister told Kļaviņš about the criminal case and that this information was provided to him by Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis was intentionally left out by Kalnmeiers from the interview.

Because of that, Strīķe invites Kalnmeiers to publish the entire transcript of the conversation between Emsis and Kļaviņš.

Prosecutor general’s press-secretary Aiga Eiduka says that the Criminal Law includes a prohibition on disclosing information acquired during pre-trial investigation. As for publication of transcripts of telephone conversations – Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has the right to make decisions there.

Disclosure of parts of the telephone conversation was coordinated in advance with CPCB.

As previously reported, Kalnmeiers told LNT on Wednesday, 12 September, that he received permission to read parts of the wiretapped conversation between the two members of the Union of Greens and Farmers.

On 15 May Kļaviņš received a telephone call. The person calling him said the following: «They want to launch a case against you. They will ask deputies permission to start, and it’s about those expenditures.»

Kalmeiers did not deny the fact that the caller was none other than once the prime minister from the Union of Greens and Farmers Indulis Emsis, stressing that this information had been mentioned publicly in the past. The prosecutor general mentioned that no one had wiretapped Emsis.

Kļaviņš was then asked: «Shouldn’t you start something before it starts on its own?» At the end of the telephone conversation, the caller added: «If they launch a case, it will be rather unpleasant.»

Kalnmeiers added that the criminal process launched against the deputy is two weeks old. With that, the publicly voiced claim that publicly disclosed information regarding the criminal process is not true, he said.

Accusations addressed to Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis and Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau chief Jēkabs Straume are unjustified, said the prosecutor general.

Whoever leaked this information from CPCB will be checked during a service inspection. «It is every institution’s duty to identify sources from which information is leaked,» said Kalnmeiers.

As previously reported, CPCB has commenced a criminal process against Saeima member Askolds Kļaviņš for abusing his post as member of the Saeima for personal gain. After becoming a resident of Liepaja, Kļaviņš started receiving five times larger transport cost compensation than other members of the parliament.

Ir magazine had previously reported that Kļaviņš was warned about CPCB’s criminal process by Emsis. CPCB, however, had wiretapped this conversation. Public media had also reported that Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis may be involved in the information leak.

According to Ir magazine, Emsis may have had found out about the criminal process from one of his colleagues in UGF, who was told that by Kučinskis. The prime minister has said on many occasions that he has never disclosed information about this case. He called this whose situation ‘an intentional storm in a cup’ for the pre-election campaign.


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