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Opinion: if Lembergs has «cover», it could be a revenge plot against whistle-blower Jurašs

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«It would make sense if the Saeima, viewing the Prosecutor General’s office’s request to commence criminal prosecution against Juris Jurašs, did so in the context of the criminal case involving Ventspils City Council’s infamous chairman Aivars Lembergs,» says Ventspils City Council opposition deputy Aivis Landmanis.

He says «Saeima deputies have to know why law enforcement institutions have been surprisingly tolerant when it comes to one of the most serious criminal case in the country’s history and unnecessarily harsh with whistle-blower Juris Jurašs».

«There would be nothing odd about this kind of approach from law enforcement authorities if not for the fact that they had previously dropped the criminal process in question, making the current persecution of Jurašs more akin to revenge for daring to doubt the objectivity of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, Security Police (now known as State Security Service) and the prosecutor’s office,» says the opposition deputy. He allows for the possibility that the decision of Chief Prosecutor Adlers to cancel the previous decision by prosecutor Zalužinskis to end the criminal process was likely stimulated by politicians, including Aivars Lembergs, who is himself accused of committing serious crimes.

«How can it be that a municipality’s deputies are put in a privileged situation?» says Landmanis. Ventspils City Council opposition deputy estimates that «it is rare to find someone in our country [Latvia] who does not know about the criminal charges raised against Lembergs». He reminds that Lembergs has been under a security measure since 2007 – he is prohibited from performing his duties as chairman of Ventspils City Council and Ventspils Freeport. «On top of that, he has been sitting on the accused bench in court since 2009. But it seems the charges of committing serious crimes and the security measure are not enough to prevent him from taking de facto control over both aforementioned institutions,» says the opposition deputy.

He also references what was said by journalist Inga Spriņģe: «We’ve had two whistle-blowers so far, and both of them were prosecuted for it. One of them was Poikāns or Neo. The other is Jurašs. This does not motivate people to report crimes.»

Landmanis adds that «the court, KNAB, Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry, the Cabinet of Ministers and other state institutions have been kept informed of the blatant violations of the Constitution and the law committed almost daily by Lembergs and his associates. This includes extortion and corruptive schemes that have secured Lembergs with almost immeasurable income from Ventspils Development Agency and Business Development Association.»

«If Lembergs’ case has certain ‘cover’, then there are reasons to believe the situation with Jurašs is nothing more than revenge,» says Landmanis.

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  1. Zerry says:

    State institutions in Latvia are too weak, maybe in-competent and mentally beaten against Lembergs. Latvia is his playground.

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