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Police and CPCB to investigate Sudraba’s party’s statute and financing case

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWhen writing the statute for Inguna Sudraba’s No sirds Latvijai political party, member and former judge of the Constitutional Court of Latvia Gunars Kutris had no idea the statute case would end up in the Prosecutor General’s office, State Police and Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

Prosecutor office’s pre-court investigation monitoring department’s Chief Prosecutor Viktorija Opincāne has sent a letter to Chief of State Police Ints Ķuzis, asking him to see if there were any breaches of the Criminal Law during the registration of No sirds Latvijai party. She referenced article 275 (document forging), which provides either a fine or a prison sentence of up to one year. SP press-secretary Toms Sadovskis notes that this case has been ordered to be investigated by State Police Office in Riga, as reported by Latvijas Avīze.

Three former members of Sudraba’s party – Liene Cipule, Aivars Rudzāts and Arnis Kauliņš – have sent a letter to Security Police, Constitution Protection Office, Enterprises Register, Justice Minister Gaidis Berzins and Chairman of the Central Elections Committee. It is stated in this letter that the party’s statutes that are registered in the ER do not comply with those approved on the party’s foundation meeting. Members of the party note that the statute has been significantly changed in regard to the order of organization of emergency meetings. Other amendments have also been added.

It is stated in the letter that former Chairman of the Board Viesturs Tamužs has received information that there had been problems with the party’s statutes during registration in ER. It is said that these statutes did not comply with the Law on Political Parties. The party’s leader Inguna Sudraba, Board member Gunārs Kūtris and possibly 12th Saeima elections candidate in Kurzeme and former head of ER Ringolds Balodis «had resolved all problems».

Balodis said that this is a cheap pre-election trick, adding that Kutris should have been more careful when writing the statute project, as reported by the newspaper.

Guna Paidere, Chief Notary of the State, wrote to authors of the letter that ER is not authorized to make sure that the information submitted to the institution complies with what was agreed upon during the party’s foundation. ER is allowed to take action only if it receives word from authorities or the court.

Former members of the party note in their collective letter that they have concerns about compliance of the party’s finances to regulations. They also mention possible foreign funding coming from Russia. They also mention doubts about the party’s list of candidates for the 12th Saeima elections, because there are some people on the list that have questionable reputations.

Deputy Chief of Security Police Ints Ulmanis says ‘information regarding potential foreign funding has been taken into account and will be used within the competency of Security Police’. Constitution Protection Office reports that it does not perform any investigation activities and that the facts stated in the letter have to be investigated by Security Police, CPC and ER.

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