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Kaimiņš: I believe CPCB is performing a political order

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the evening of Thursday, 21 June, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau released three people previously detained as part of a criminal process regarding possible illegal funding of KPV LV party – Saeima deputy Artuss Kaimiņš, his colleague Atis Zakatistovs, and businessman Viesturs Tamužs.

After his release from the detention facility, Kaimiņš told Riga TV24 that he had been three minutes late for an extraordinary meeting, during which, he said, members of the Saeima discussed the dismissal request for Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnačs. Because of that, he only made it to the Saeima when results of a vote for his detainment went on screen.

Shortly after that, he said he was put in a CPCB minibus. He did not blame CPCB officers for doing their jobs, adding that they all acted in a disciplined manner. As for Anita Ringo, who is responsible for the detainment request, Kaimiņš said she does not respect people, adding that such people should not work in state administration.

Kaimiņš told Riga TV24 that after his stay at CPCB and meeting his lawyer, investigators took him to his rented apartment in Riga. He adds that officers confiscated items that were never mentioned in the case. Investigators opened and inspected all drawers, his bed sheets, and even the toilet. After the search in the apartment, the group went to his declared residence in Garciems, which he inherited from his grandfather. Right now his eighty-year-old grandmother lives there. Even though Kaimiņš asked the search not to be performed because he does not live there and that he would rather not worry his grandmother, Ringo ordered the search to be performed regardless.

Kaimiņš says the search would have continues in his mother’s home in Teika, where he grew up. But because the address mentioned in documents was incorrect, his lawyer prevented the search from happening.

Kaimiņš is a suspect. He mentioned in his interview to Riga TV24 that he does not understand this decision, adding that his Saeima member’s mandate has not been taken from him. As noted by lawyer Normunds Duļevskis, Saeima permitted the detainment, search and property inspection. However, the parliament made no decisions regarding any restrictions against Artuss Kaimiņš, especially the ones applied to him in the form of the security measure.

The lawyer refused to comment on restrictions in detail. He did say that restrictions could potentially affect his ability to perform his duties.

Also in his interview to Riga TV24, it was mentioned that unlike the Union of Greens and Farmers member Askolds Kļaviņš, in whose home Saeima permitted a search yesterday, Kaimiņš was neither informed of the planned vote nor invited to a meeting of Saeima’s Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee.

Kaimiņš was taken to a detention facility on Gaujas Street on Thursday evening. There he was put in one-person cell. He believes this procedure was performed with implications that there was a threat to society and that he was the source of that threat.

Kaimiņš says he does not understand the double standards towards him and Kļaviņš. «If you’re from UGF, you will be invited to this committee, where you will be able to say, yes, please give me the permit. In my case, on the other hand, my grandmother was searched.»

«What happened with Askolds Kļaviņš, is a typical Communist method to distract people from Artuss and KPV LV,» says the KPV LV member and prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems. He believes this whole situation was created to play a theatrical performance in the Saeima, which is a typical KGB method, he said.

When asked what he is accused of, Kaimiņš said he has signed a non-disclosure agreement. His lawyer says this case contains two unacceptable things. The first one is its form. «If a person is detained, there has to be a reason for it. We discussed events of the past. There was no need for pompousness during the detention process. It is important to comply with human rights. In this particular case it is hard to say, because there were no rational reasons behind the detainment. There was no reason for the pompousness,» said the lawyer.

Duļevskis continues that the Saeima decided one thing, but the end decision was something completely different, which is the second unacceptable thing.

Kaimiņš is surprised his and his grandmother’s apartment was checked. There was desire the check his grandmother’s apartment, but not his Saeima office or his party’s office. His car was not checked either, even though it is stated in his declaration. His work computer was not checked as well.

He says Anita Ringo did nothing more than perform a political order from UGF.

As for accusations, both his lawyer and Kaimiņš say the situation is rather confusing. Charges were presented in general terms in relation to possible illegal party funding. However, authorities have failed to explain the form of this funding. The lawyer says: «The case was launched in 2015 if I’m not mistaken. Now if we think about it, if a rather privileged special service has been working with a case associated with illegal party funding, how can this service not know Artuss no longer lives at his mother’s or his grandmother’s? This begs the question: what has this service done then?»

Kaimiņš believes everything that has happened so far is propaganda. In response to society’s support, he says «once UGF understood things are not going well, they sacrificed Askolds Kļaviņš, who will not be taking part in Saeima’s elections».

Kaimiņš comments that he was not interrogated. He says he spent all time in detention in his cell. He was not applied with a restriction to talk to the press.

KPV LV accountant was called in to CPCB as a witness, as was the party’s board member Linda Liepiņa.

CPCB’s statement released to the press mentions that there are two suspects in last year’s criminal process. The criminal case itself revolves around possibly illegal funding of a political party.

One more person in the criminal case is suspected of illegally funding a political party and stating false information in his declaration.

Persons involved in the criminal process have been applied with a security measure not associated with deprivation of freedom.

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