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Opinion: as long as people honour Lembergs’ lot, Latvia will remain weak

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«People wait until the state resolves their problems, but they don’t come to the country’s rescue, they honour and elect people caught stealing EUR 500 million and hiding behind offshores, as the prosecutor’s office detailed in charges against Lembergs. But those are unfinished roads, hotels, concert halls, sports locations that are hidden on this man’s accounts. While people honour Lembergs and his lot, Latvia will remain weak. However, there are signs that Lembergs’ positions are not as unshakeable as it may seem at first glance,» said Ventspils City Council opposition deputy Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis in an interview to Latvijas Avīze newspaper.

The city council’s opposition with Kristovskis at the helm has sent a letter to Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce. In it, opposition deputies detail a list of violations committed by Ventspils City Council and request the minister to dismiss the whole thing.

«In this letter we provided the minister with a detailed explanation of Ventspils City Council’s fifteen most notable illegal actions. This is not about some accidental violations, no. This is about a well-oiled criminal system and Ventspils municipality administration’s malicious intent. We have all violations well-documented. Evidence to them has already been successfully used in trials against Ventspils City Council,» Kristovskis told Latvijas Avīze.

As a good example of wasting of Ventspils City Council’s resources for personal interests, Kristovskis mentioned Ventspils Development Agency in which Lembergs, according to the opposition deputy, is illegally paid nearly EUR 100,000 on hands every year. «Not a single accounting document of the municipality has even the slightest mention of how this agency benefits Ventspils. However, the city council and its capital associations pay this agency dozens of thousands of euros! The administration of the city council is directly involved in this pumping of money directly into Lembergs’ pocket.»

It should be added that the letter is addressed not only to Environment Minister Juris Pūce but also Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns and Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits.

Kristovskis explains that the decision to send the letter to multiple ministers by saying that after the government’s approval, Ventspils minority deputies had immediately scheduled a meeting with Pūce. «Unfortunately, in the hundred days following the government’s approval have passed with minister’s excuses about being busy. So we have decided to reach out to the entire government.»

«Justice Ministry has responded to the latter by saying that management of Ventspils is not in its competence. Minister Bordāns did promise to address this topic,» said Kristovskis.

He also said that Transport Ministry has forwarded the letter to Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau. Only after Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš repeated invitation did minister Pūce finally decided to meet with Ventspils opposition deputies 9 May.


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