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Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers

Latvia’s Justice Ministry has noticed signs that suggest Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers is not fit to remain in his post, as there are suspicions regarding his reputation, Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns told journalists on 17 May.

«Justice Ministry has prepared a report for the government. We intend to commence a process to re-assess whether or not Kalnmeiers is fit to remain prosecutor general,» stresses the minister.

According to Bordāns, Kalnmeiers is unable to provide efficient function of the prosecutor’s office, quality control over his subordinates, or organize work in a way that would allow the institution to adopt internationally recognized good practices.

Justice Ministry has concluded that Kalnmieiers activities thus far have caused considerable damage to state and society’s interests and do not comply with high requirements of this post.

The ministry explains that in continuation of the justice department a report has been prepared for the Cabinet of Ministers, detailing the need to perform an audit of factors that influence efficient criminal processes if economic and financial crimes. The goal of the audit is acquiring a comprehensive look at factors that impede criminal processes and compile specific proposals to help resolve problematic topics. A quality audit is not possible without involving the prosecutor’s office. However, the ministry’s experience in relation to the level of responsiveness from the Prosecutor General’s Office shows that the institution’s full involvement in the audit may be at risk, the ministry explains.

Respectively, State Audit’s report on the prosecutor’s office’s financial account details possible unjustified use of state budget funds on repair work of the institution’s offices, as well as odd interpretations of the law, allowing prosecutors to be paid several bonuses for one and the same work, resulting in them receiving wages larger than those paid to judges of the Supreme Court of Justice.

The ministry notes that in accordance with Section 23 of the Law on the Office of the Prosecutor states that all work performed by the institution is organized and controlled by the prosecutor general. Thus the prosecutor general is directly responsible for organization of work in the institution. Justice Ministry’s analysis of the situation shows that the prosecutor general is unable to ensure quality accomplishment of objectives, development and improvement of the central role of the institution in accordance with international standards.

At the same time, the ministry believes it is worth looking into the prosecutor general’s work and whether or not it has contributed to the preservation of money laundering risks on a high level over a long period of time, because the Prosecutor General’s Office’s supervision over the Control Service, in which heads are approved by the prosecutor general, has caused negative consequences to the finance sector and the country, which Latvia now has to fix.

Considering the aforementioned, Justice Ministry believes it is necessary to perform an objective assessment of the prosecutor general and whether or not he fits requirements of the post. In order to objectively evaluate all uncovered signs of the prosecutor general’s non-compliance with requirements, it is necessary to request an inspection covered by the Law on the Office of the Prosecutor.

Kalnmeiers’ term ends in spring 2020.

The Saeima can initiate dismissal of the prosecutor general if a judge of the Supreme Court uncovers justified reasons for the dismissal.

Inspections are initiated by the chairman of the Supreme Court either on their own or following a request approved by one-third of Saeima deputies.

Kalnmeiers was born in 1960. In 1987 he graduated from the University of Latvia in law science.

Kalnmeiers started working in the prosecutor’s office in 1987. From 1993 to 1994 he worked as a lawyer in Parex Banka. From 1994 to 2000 he worked as a lawyer.

In 2000 Kalnmeiers returned to the Prosecutor General’s Office, where he was appointed as Chief Prosecutor of the Criminal Cases Division of the Criminal Law Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office. In 2005 his term was extended for another five years.

In 2010 he was appointed as prosecutor general. In 2015 the Saeima reapproved him in this post for a repeated term.


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  1. Zerry says:

    Based of similar ”incompetence” could be fired the head of State Police. If he is not able even control how State Police Olaine is performing

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