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Saeima committee permits KPV LV member’s criminal prosecution

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Wednesday, 5 June, Saeima’s Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee supported the proposal to permit commencement of KPV LV Saeima faction leader Atis Zakatistovs’ criminal prosecution.

Latvia’s Saeima plans to decide on this topic on 6 June. The Prosecutor General’s Office was the institution that submitted the request to commence Zakatistovs’ criminal prosecution.

Saeima’s Mandates, Ethics and Submissions Committee had postponed the viewing if the request from the prosecutor’s office for a long time – the topic remained idle since the end of April. This only served to create different speculations behind the scenes. In the middle of May, the committee agreed to provide deputies time to go through materials of the case.

Janīna Kursīte-Pakule, chairperson of the committee, explained that once materials of the case have been properly studied and in the context of other such cases it was decided to allow deputies go through documents. The prosecutor’s office voiced no objections or demands to have the topic addressed immediately.

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) has asked the prosecutor’s office to prosecute Zakatistovs and Viesturs Tamužs for fraudulent activities. The prosecutor’s office then turned to the Saeima with a request to permit Zakatistov’s prosecution. The decision to commence criminal prosecution of Viesturs Tamužs was made later.

Zakatistovs and Tamužs both deny accusations. Zakatistovs told journalists that accusations of fraud are baseless because he provided Tamuž’ owned company Eco Baltia Grupa consultations on waste management matters in the EU. Tamužs claims that the accusations against him and Zakatistovs is part of Eco Baltia Group co-owners’ business dispute.

During a press-conference Zakatistovs divided the report on acceptable-commissioning referrals for the period of time between 1 June 2016 and 31 May 2017 in accordance with consultation contracts between Per capita and Eco Baltia Grupa. The report mentioned specific numbers of all referrals, as well as topics on which consultations were provided. For example, consultations were provided on the position of European Commission on waste management industry’s competition and regulation, internationally recognized waste management research quality assessment and requirements, and other associated topics.

The Constitution of the Republic of Latvia states that it is not allowed to commence criminal prosecution of a parliamentary deputy without Saeima’s consent. If a law enforcement institution requests criminal prosecution of some Saeima deputy, this matter is first viewed by the parliament’s Mandates Committee, which then prepares a legislative draft to submit to the Saeima.

If the Saeima agrees to permit criminal prosecution of a deputy, this person loses their right to participate in meetings of the Saeima and its committees until the criminal prosecution is either concluded or the court issues a guilty verdict. While legal proceedings are taking place, deputies are paid only half of their wage.


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