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Milder penalties for the accused in digital TV case; idea’s authors get no prison sentence, but are found guilty nonetheless

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Riga Regional Court has released a shortened ruling in the so-called digital television criminal case. With it, the court acquitted four previously convicted people. Two of the accused – Jurģis Liepnieks and Andrejs Ēķis – have been sentenced to paying considerable fines. Other accused persons have received actual prison sentences.

Judges of Riga Regional Court acquitted Rubenis, former state trustee of Latvia’s State Radio and Television Centre Didzis Jonovs, business consultant Valdis Purvinskis and LVRTC state trustee Adrians Boldans. First instance court has sentenced them to a fine of EUR 18,000 each.

Jurģis Liepnieks has been applied with a fine of EUR 67,080, whereas the former director of LNT Andrejs Ēķis has been applied with a fine of EUR 40,850.

Former director general of Digital Latvia’s Radio and Television Centre Guntars Spunde has been sentenced to nine months in prison and a fine of EUR 26,230. Lawyer Jānis Loze has been sentenced to one year and nine month in prison and a fine of EUR 33,540.

Former head of Kempmayer Media Latvia board member Andrejs Zabeckis has been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison. Jānis Zips – also a former board member of Kempmayer Media Latvia – has been sentenced to one year and nine months in prison, as well as a fine of EUR 22,790. Jānim Svārpstonam will have to spend the next year and two months in prison and pay a fine of EUR 22,790.

Uldis Kokins is sentenced to one year and nine months of prison, as well as a fine of EUR 15,480, whereas Harijs Krongons has been sentenced to two years and nine months of prison.

All of the accused were also presented with milder sentences than what they had previously received from the first instance court.

The court also decided to leave the arrest imposed by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau on the money stored on Malta-based Digital International Limited account – UDS 3,318,829.87. This money will be confiscated as illegally obtained funds.

Regional court’s ruling will be subject to appeal in the Supreme Court once the full text of the ruling is made available.

In total, there have been 314 court sessions in the digital television case. The first session took place 26 November 2007, according to available information.

As previously reported, on 15 May 2015, the court declared 13 people as guilty in the so-called digital television criminal case. Seven of them were given actual prison sentences and six of them were sentenced to fines. Five persons were acquitted and one more was relieved of criminal liability.

Andrejs Ēķis was applied with a fine of EUR 43,200. Guntars Spunde was sentenced to actual prison time and fine of EUR 28,800. Loze was sentenced to two years in prison and fine of EUR 36,000. Tax consultant Uldis Kokins was sentenced to two years in prison and a fine of EUR 18,000.

Šķēle family’s SIA Uzņēmumu vadība un konsultācijas’ financial consultant Krongorns was sentenced to three years in prison. Šķēle’s former bureau manager Liepnieks’ final sentence was sentenced to a fine of EUR 72,000.

Former Kempmayer Media Latvia board member Andrejs Zabeckis was previously sentenced to three years in prison. Jānis Svārpstons was previously sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of EUR 25,200.

Business consultant Valdis Purvinskis was previously sentenced to a fine of EUR 18,000. The same penalty was previoulsy applied to former state trustee of Latvia’s State Radio and Television Centre Adrians Boldans, former LVRTC state trustee and director of the National Theatre Ojārs Rubenis and former state trustee of LVRTC Didzis Jonovs.

Former chairman of LVRTC Māris Pauders, who was found mentally ill, was relieved of criminal liability. He has since passed away.

The court also decided to acquit a former worker of a company associated with politician Vilis Krištopans – Gints Bandēns. Acquittal was also provided to two former DLRTC board members Jānis Plūme and Alfrēds Janevics, as well as former Kempmayer Media Latvia board member Juris Ulmanis and lawyer Mārtiņš Kvēps.


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