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Lembergs’ rare court sessions – first defendant is sick, and then the judges go on vacation

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Court sessions dealing with Aivars Lembergs’ criminal case remain a rarity. Only one hearing of the criminal case was held in June, for example. The reason given is that Lembergs’ health had taken a dip. June’s court hearing was even used to announce that the next one would take place 20 August. The reason for that, on the other hand, is because those involved in the case decided to go on vacation, as BNN was told in Riga Regional Court.

At the same time, Lembergs was seen taking part in the festive Song and Dance procession on 1 July. What is particularly interesting is that he seemed chipper and healthy doing that.

Lembergs had previously announced the news about his health declining on his Twitter account. There he wrote the following: «Many have expressed an interest in my absence at different events I have always attended in the past. I cannot participate in person because of my leg injury. I do follow all events and processes – this is not hard to do nowadays». This entry was made by Lembergs on 5 June.

As noted in court, it was then that Lembergs’ hearings got cancelled. The only one took place 27 June, after sick leave documents were signed. What remains unclear, however, is that if he is able to follow «all events and processes», what stopped him from taking part in court sessions via Skype video call conference.

Here it is worth mentioning that his supposed leg injury failed to stop Lembergs from taking part in the festive opening procession of the Song and Dance Celebration, where Lembergs was spotted as a participant, as reported by Rīta Kafija portal.

Here are a couple of photos:

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As previously reported, a ten year anniversary is nearing for the court process that reviews the criminal process launched against Aivars Lembergs, Anrijs Lembergs and Ansis Sormulis. Questions tend to surface every now and then as to why this process is taking so much time, especially considering that court sessions take place from Monday to Thursday every week.

The three aforementioned individuals are accused of requesting bribes from companies such as Multi Nord AG, AS Ventspils parks, AS Kālija parks and Ventspils Commercial Port. Non-compliance with ‘polite requests’ put Ainārs Gulbis and other officials at risk of suffering unfortunate consequences, as detailed in materials of the case and testimonies from witnesses.

Charges against Lembergs and two other accused also include bribery in large amounts, money laundering, forgeries, abuse of power and other crimes.

Materials of the case are compiled in 200 volumes. The prosecutor’s office submitted said materials to the court for commencement of proceedings in 2008.

A total of 71 court sessions were planned to take place this year from January to June this year. Only 32 have taken place so far. 39 of them have been cancelled for one reason or another, according to information provided by Riga Regional Court.


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