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Prosecutor hit by wage cut after Saeima deputy Askolds Kļaviņš’s criminal case

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUProsecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers has decided to reduce for six months the wage of prosecutor Arvis Miglāns for violating the law in the criminal case launched against former Saeima deputy Askolds Kļaviņš.

Press-secretary of the prosecutor’s office Laura Majevska explains that a disciplinary penalty in the form of a 15% cut to salary for six months has been applied to the prosecutor.

Miglāns’ declaration for 2017 is available in the database of the State Revenue Service. That year his salary was EUR 30,000 a year or EUR 2,500 a month. This means 15% from it would be EUR 375.

The prosecutor has appealed this decision in the Disciplinary Court. Appeal of the disciplinary penalty does not halt it, however.

As it is known, last year the prosecutor general launched a disciplinary case against Miglāns for violations in the criminal case involving Kļaviņš. The Prosecutor’s Office Law provides five kinds of disciplinary penalties: warning, reprimand, wage cut, demotion and dismissal.

LTV programme De Facto had previously reported that Miglāns’ decision to sentence Askolds Kļaviņš to 120 hours of community service for abuse of his status as Saeima deputy (requesting unjustified travel expense compensation) was made with multiple violations of the law.

Initially Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau had classified Kļaviņš’s crime as intentional abuse of official status with intention of acquiring material wealth, which is a serious crime. However, the prosecutor’s report did not avarice as the main motive. Miglāns explained this by saying that Kļaviņš did not admit it as his main motive, too.

Miglāns told the programme that submission of the case to court would have meant additional financial expenses. The same applies to new examinations. According to the programme, this is the reason why Kļaviņš’s crime changed classification.

The programme reports that questions surfaced in regards to the reasons why the now former Saeima deputy could not have been applied with a fine on top of community service, considering he was still ordered to pay back the illegally acquired funds.

Supervisory Prosecutor Modris Adlers has commenced an inspection of Miglāns’ actions, saying that the prosecutor’s decision contains serious violations of the law. The prosecutor did not accuse Kļaviņš of greedy intent, which provides far more serious accountability in accordance with the Criminal Law.

Although Adlers had initially intended cancelling Miglāns’ decision as non-compliant with requirements of the law and handing the case to a different prosecutor, but this never happened. The supervisory prosecutor concluded that the report on the penalty had already come to force. This is why he, as supervisory prosecutor, does not have any rights to influence the decision.

Considering the aforementioned, Adlers decided to take Miglāns’ case to the prosecutor general.


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