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Riga’s vice-mayor sees no reason to sue former management of Rīgas satiksme

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Even following a report from SIA Novius law firm, the holder of shares in public transport company SIA Rīgas satiksme (RS) and Riga’s vice-mayor Vadims Baraņņiks says he sees no reason to sue former members of RS board.

Baraņņiks has confirmed reading the report from the law firm, but he believes it does not offer an unambiguous opinion as to how the municipality should act.

«I don’t know what deputy Valters Bergs read there, but his statement is more akin to a PR stunt, because I get the feeling that we read two very different documents,» said the vice-mayor.

According to him, lawyers did not specifically state that the board members had intentionally breached the law in one situation or another.

«I am very cautious about it, which is why I have asked for clarifications of judicial practices in such situations. Fortunately or not, there have not been many such precedents,» explains Baraņņiks.

«They cannot clearly say if there is a chance for us to win in court, because they are not the court. If I take an unjustified plea to court, I will have to answer for this,» said Baraņņiks.

According to the politician, decisions in such situations should be made very carefully, and he wants to wait for indications from law enforcement institutions, including Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

According to Riga City Council deputy Bergs, independent experts have found that the municipality has legal justifications to sue the former board of RS to enforce millions worth of losses.

According to the city council deputy, he has read Novius law firm’s report and he believes there is sufficient legal basis to sue the former board of RS.

«Lawyers have concluded that the previous board was not a responsible manager,» said Bergs.

RS, commenting on Novius report, confirmed that a law firm was attracted to assess the responsibility of the previous board. However, according to them, information in the report is confidential and is not to be disclosed.

Meanwhile, Novius leading partner Kaspars Novicāns has noted that the report does not include analysis of specific amounts, whereas the focus is put on actions of specific people.

Lawyers did not reveal the contents of the report, hiding behind restricted accessibility status. Nevertheless, it is added that it is necessary to perform further analysis to determine the exact size of losses.


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  1. Zerry says:

    And the same old game can continue. Big fishes can do whatever they want. In Latvia, this is more like a game of semantics but nothing else. Money talks and the same old “brothers” keep on going their games.

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