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NCP leader on Jurašs’ persecution: conspirators afraid of losing power

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«We are witnessing an intentional state capture attempt. Conspirators are afraid of losing power,» said New Conservative Party leader Jānis Bordāns about the request to commence criminal prosecution of Juris Jurašs.

BNN had previously reported that two years ago ex-KNAB operative Juris Jurašs told journalists about a bribe offer he had received. This became the reason for the Prosecutor General’s Office to send to the Saeima documents detailing a request to commence criminal prosecution of Jurašs for public disclosure of official secrets.

During a press-conference held on Tuesday, 22 January, Jurašs claimed the information he is accused of disclosing was not acquired during the initial investigation. On top of that, disclosure of this information had no effect on the investigation. This is why he is convinced this information was never an official secret to begin with.

The politician does not understand the reason why no criminal process was launched when he initially reported the incident to his superiors. The criminal process was launched in the end, but one and a half years after the fact – 3 January 2017.

Meanwhile, Bordāns stresses that NCP will try to cover this situation as globally as possible, putting an emphasis and comparison in Baltic context. According to him, the protest organized on 22 January outside the Saeima against Krišjāņis Kariņš’s government was ‘orchestrated’ by losers of the 13th Saeima elections in an attempt to continue state capture.

Party leader Juta Strīķe equated Jurašs’ persecution to an attempt by oligarchs to recover lost influence. She notes that during their time in KNAB, there had been frequent attempts to impede the oligarchs case’s investigation. ‘We were tossed out the KNAB we understood it was a reason to enter politics.’ She also notes that even after entering politics the situation has not changed, considering the situation with Jurašs.

As for examples of influence, Strīķe mentioned Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis’ disclosure of information regarding the commencement of criminal prosecution against his colleague from UGF in summer 2018. Although he had disclosed this to his party, he was not penalized.

Strīķe also mentioned several names Jurašs had reported on in the past: «He reported on the person that was elected as the Mayor of Daugavpils. He reported a person who currently works inKučinskis’ office as an advisor. It is clear these people want to prevent approval of a new government at any cost. This procedure performed by his puppet Kalnmeiers is but one way to help them prolong their oligarch way of life.»

This Thursday, 24 January, Saeima’s Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee could decide on permitting commencement of Jurašs’ criminal prosecution.


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