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LTV invites fake Mayor Lembergs to attend a concert

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn spite of the fact that Aivars Lembergs is officially prohibited to perform the duties of Mayor of Ventspils, Lembergs was invited to officially represent Ventspils at a television concert, as reported by Krustpunktā programme of Latvijas Radio.

According to LTV manager Ivars Belte’s press secretary Klāvs Radziņš, Aivars Lembergs [who remains accused of serious crimes] sat next to ex-presidents and journalists during the concert.

The head of public television Ivars Belte then told representatives of Krustpunktā that he does not wish to go into a public discussion regarding the fact that ‘Aivars Lembergs was officially invited to represent Ventspils at Dziesmas-leģendas concert for the first time even though Ventspils City Council and Ventspils are long-term partners of LTV and supporters of Eurovision project.’

Aija Dulevska-Cālīte of the National Electronic Mass Media Council, on the other hand, notes that the Council does not have the authority to interfere in any way in the guest selection process. She mentioned that selecting guests for public events is a matter of ethics and trustworthiness.

She added that money provided by municipalities is not allowed to be used for the media channels, let alone public media channels.

As it is well known, Aivars Lembergs is prohibited to fulfil duties of Mayor of Ventspils and Chairman of Ventspils Freeport. Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Edmunds Sprūdžs had also issued an official order to prohibit Lembergs to refer to himself as Mayor of Ventspils. In spite of this order, Ventspils City Council continues to ignore it and continues to show Lembergs as the head of Ventspils and allowing him to comment on decisions made by the City Council.

Eduards Liniņš of Latvijas Radio says the first thought regarding the invitation of Lembergs to attend the concert was that he would serve as a ‘source of inspiration.’ However, after a serious investigation, it seems more likely that the real reason behind it is the sponsoring provided by Ventspils municipality and if such an act is even allowed for social media channels.

LR notes that the Lembergs criminal case has bee peculiar not only with an unusually slow pace and strange deaths of some of the witnesses. It was also with the little fact that prosecutor Andis Mežsargs, who was one of the first prosecutors of this criminal case, was unexpectedly dismissed from his post. Mežsargs had once told Playboy magazine in an interview that he was even offered a lifetime reward for declining the Ventspils officials inspection case. The first such ‘offer’ came around the end of 2003. The last time he was offered a ‘reward’ for not doing his job was in 2008, when the case was being prepared to be sent to court.

‘It is not like Lembergs criminal case has reached a dead end. Nearly half of the total of 98 witnesses have been thoroughly interviewed. Prosecutor Juris Juriss, however, does not predict how much more time may be required in order to find out exactly how much money Lembergs has stolen from the state or whether it is even possible to prove any of the crimes Lembergs is charged with. Looking at the amounts of money Lembergs annually spends on lawyers and knowing how much money our prosecutors owe – the situation seems far from perfect,’ – Latvijas Radio concludes.


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