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People's Party ordered to pay anti-corruption bureau 1.03 million lats

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People's Party leader Andris Skele

Today, September 22, the Senate of the Supreme Court refused People’s Party (PP) appeal against the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau’s (CPCB) decison to make it pay 1.03 million lats, according to Baiba Kataja, press secretary of the court.

The ruling cannot be appealed against.

Back on July 9, PP voted in a congress to liquidate the party. Of the 308 congress delegates, 248 voted on party’s liquidation, while 26 voted against it.

Several lawyers surveyed by LETA previously expressed the view that until the completion of PP liquidation process, there is a possibility to recover its money, including 1.03 million lats, which were, allegedly unlawfully-received and spent. However, this will not be possible after the liquidation concludes.

PP appealed against CPCB’s decision on returning in the state budget 235 856 lats – a sum by which the allowed pre-election budget was exceeded, and 791 510 lats , which were declared to be unauthorized donations and gifts.

On November 13, 2010, the Administrative District Court dismissed PP’s claim against CPCB’s decision issued on June 6, 2007. PP’s lawyer previously said the dispute revolved around the imposition of 5 000 lats fine on PP. This ruling cannot be contested and has come in force.

Arno Pjatkin, consultant for the association For Good Latvia faction in the Parliament, explains that due to the party’s liquidation it no longer has a board, and only its liquidator Ramona Pitena, former secretary-general, can comment on the possibilities to pay part of the sum. However, so far Pitena was not available for comments.


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