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Latvian Security Police requests permission to launch criminal prosecution against Beness Aijo

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Security Police has requested Riga Regional Court to launch criminal prosecution against a Latvian citizen based on three sections of the Criminal Law – public calls for a violent overthrowing of the government in the Republic of Latvia, calls to terminate national independence of Latvia and ruin Latvia’s territorial integrity.

According to information from LETA, SP has requested to launch criminal prosecution of National Bolshevik Beness Aijo. He is the only known person against whom SC launched criminal process based on all three of the aforementioned sections of the law this year.

It has been requested to launch criminal prosecution for committing crimes detailed in Sections 81, 82 and 83 of the Criminal Law.

Section 81 of the Criminal Law provides criminal liability for a person who commits public invitation to violently overthrow the State authority of the Republic of Latvia. Section 82 provides criminal liability for a person who commits public invitation of destruction of the independence of the Republic of Latvia. Section 83 provides criminal liability for a person who commits public invitation to destruction of the territorial integrity of the Republic of Latvia.

SC reports that proof uncovered during the investigation that was launched April 2nd allow authorities to conclude that this Latvian citizen had committed the aforementioned criminal offences intentionally. After performing an in-depth analysis of the criminal processes’ materials, authorities have concluded that there is enough proof to launch criminal prosecution and hand over materials to the prosecutor’s office.

SP reminds that no person is deemed to be guilty of a criminal offence until his guilt has been proven in accordance with the law.

Aijo was arrested at Riga International airport May 14th, 2014.

Security Police had previously told the press that Aijo was expelled from Ukraine for the breach of the three-year ban for him to enter the country. He nevertheless attempted to cross the border along with two other activists, but was found and caught by Ukrainian Border Guard.

This is the second case launched against Aijo for calls encouraging residents to overthrow power in Latvia.

In November 2005, Riga Regional Court found Aijo guilty for a call to use force in overthrowing state power. He was sentenced to nine months of prison. Following an appeal, the prison sentence was replaced with a fine of EUR 13,660. His cassation complaint was declined, however.

In accordance with a ruling of the first instance court, on October 17th, 2004, Aijo went to the office of Diena newspaper. There he handed over two A4 format sheets with text written in Russian. These sheets contained proclamations of Latvian National Bolshevik activists. Texts contained many instances of hate and calls aimed against Latvian power institutions, State President, members of the government and Riga City Council.

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  1. Brian says:

    Aijo should spend the rest of his life in jail. He is a danger to Latvia and Latvians.

    There should also be enquiries into where politicians and activists receive their funding. If from Russia, then there should be a mandatory jail term, as their activities are not for the good of Latvia.

    All political donations should be made to be disclosed by law.

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