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Gobins: Judge Freimanis is not shy to execute orders of Ventspils oligarchs

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On September 27, Riga District Court declined the written request of the Swiss Lawyer Rudolf Meroni and his associates regarding the abolition of the security of the claim in the argument between Ventbunkers and Global Oil Services Limited, which regards the property rights protection and claims for damages.

Judge Juris Freimanis

The defendants – Meroni, Janis Haze, Alvis Haze, Aivars Gobins, Arita Linde, Diana Jukna, Martins Bunka, Mikhail Dementyev, Davids Gajs Anstis – submitted a written request to cancel the July 5 decision of the District Court, which accepted the claim of both companies regarding the protection of property rights.

The decision of a District Court is subject to appeal within ten days by submitting a complaint to the Supreme Court (SC).

Latvian history knows of previous cases when the SC made decisions, according to which courts, when making decisions regarding the security of a claim, are obligated to study evidence, but Judge Freimanis ‘completely forgot’ this practice, Aivars Gobins, a defendant in this case, told LETA.

‘Not only did Judge Freimanis not study the evidence that was supposed to justify the necessity of securing this absurd claim, but also noted, in contradiction to previous decisions of the SC, that no evidence is necessary,’- Gobins said. He also noted that, by securing the claim, Freimanis ignored not only the decisions of the SC, but also the common practice of the Department of Civil Cases of SC.

‘The judge, whose decision resulted in the arrest of the accounts of legitimate Board and Council members of Ventbunker, was not bothered by the fact that the decisions of higher courts were diametrically opposite in the past. Those decisions also clearly stated the argumentations that are required to make such decisions,’- Gobins said. He added that the judge’s decision will be challenged at the SC.

Riga District Court will review another written request of the defendants at ten o’clock, on October 22. This time, the request is related to the September 18 verdict regarding the compensation for the damage done to Ventbunkers.

Gobins told Pietiek portal that Freimanis outdid himself with the September 18 decision. This ‘decision’ is not only judicially conflicting, but also clearly demonstrates that the judge did not even try to understand the core of the matter, but only made sure to sign the request of the plaintiffs who had become his regular clients.

‘It is clear that Judge Freimanis is not shy of openly and directly executing ‘orders of the Ventspils money bags’ – Olafs Berkis and Oleg Stepanov. He seems to follow the requests of the lawyers of both oligarchs as carefully as he did, when lawyer ‘Gutups’ was calling him up. This is the third time in a couple of months when desperate claims against the legitimate management of Ventbunkers and Latvijas naftas tranzits end up on the desk of Judge Freimanis. This kind of coincidence is more than odd, but it looks like no one is bothered by it,’ – Gobins said.

According to him, the legitimate Board and Council of Ventbunkers can only guess what luxurious item Judge Freimanis will receive in exchange for his services. ‘Some four years ago, the media noticed ‘an odd coincidence: Freimanis’ car park received a brand new Cadillac Escalade (estimated value 100 thousand USD, even given the judge’s annual income of 28 thousand LVL) right after he became good friends with Jurmala prosecutor Sigita Priede (she was an accused in the case of CPCB about bribery). Seeing as though, this time, the honourable judges attention is set towards the rich troublemakers of Ventspils transit wars, it would not be surprising if the judge is suddenly seen piloting a small space ship,’- Gobins said.

‘Judge Freimans makes decisions in full accordance with the desire of the plaintiffs, even despite the fact that his decisions clearly contradict the law and the purview of higher courts. This kind of practice can no longer be called regular ‘cuisine’. Thanks to his wealthy Ventspils clients, Judge Freimanis has started a full on ‘party’, ’ – Gobins said. He added that the legitimate Board and Council of Ventbunkers and Latvijas naftas tranzits will continue using the law to combat Berkis’ and Stepanov’ and their ally Aivars Lembergs’ greed, their criminal interests and the possible corruption, present within the offices of ‘some specific’ judges.

It should be added that, previously, the representatives of the defendants – lawyers Daimars Skutans and Andreis Eglitis – said that the issued security of the claim is ‘completely abstract’, because the request regarding the prohibition of violation of property rights invokes the misunderstanding of what kind of rights will be ensured if the request is secured.

The lawyers also noted that the claim regarding the compensation of the damage lacks the requested amount. Therefore, according to the lawyers, this request is unjustified.

Skutans added that the security of this claim cannot exist for long in general, because it is being used to regulate and freeze the current situation, not use it to make a final decision.


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