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Ventspils opposition deputies ask Lembergs’ security measure to be amended

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUVentspils City Council deputies Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis, Dace Korna, Aivis Landmanis and Ivars Landmanis have turned to Judge Boris Geimanis’ led judges with a request to amend the security measure applied to Aivars Lembergs.

Deputies note that Lembergs, who is accused of serious crimes, openly ignores the restrictions imposed against him. «This is about the security measure that prohibits Lembergs from acting as the chairman of Ventspils City Council and Ventspils Freeport authority, which were applied in August 2007. The situation in which the accused Lembergs continues working in those posts is not just illogical and absurd, but also illegal,» says Kristovskis.

Deputies point out that application of the aforementioned security measure prohibits Lembergs from performing all duties as chairman of Ventspils City Council and Ventspils Freeport authority.

Opposition deputies of Ventspils City Council believe the security measure applied by the court is ineffective. This is why when asking the court to clarify or amend the security measure for Lembergs, they referenced the opinion provided to them in September by Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry, which stated that the current security measure applied to Lembergs is insufficient and should be reviewed.

With that, deputies have asked the court to decide on amending the security measure in accordance with Section 249 of the Criminal Procedure Law. Opposition members believe the court should prohibit the accused to take any managing post in Ventspils municipality. «Amending the security measure would help achieve the goal if it directly prohibited Lembergs to serve as chairman of Ventspils City Council and Ventspils Freeport authority until a ruling is reached in the criminal process he is involved in,» explains Kristovskis.

Selective prohibition of duties for Lembergs and partial permission to perform certain duties as chairman of the city council means a clear contradiction with Section 25 of the Law on Municipalities, which states that work performed by the city council is managed by its chairman. This is why the aforementioned opposition deputies of Ventspils City Council emphasize that performance of duties of the head of the city council offers no room for interpretations. One either manages the city council, as is required by the law, or not, opposition deputies say.

Also opposition deputies mentioned in their request to the court that about the problems associated with application of the security measure and point to the absurd arguments used by deputies of the ruling coalition of Ventspils City Council to back up their actions in allowing a person accused of serious crimes to remain in this post. Because the reaction of courts up until now has been reckless, Lembergs continues freely misinforming society and making it look like chairman of the city council is not subject to requirements of the law, as noted in the request.

«In the first four months since the formation of a new city council, we have had many opportunities to witness Lembergs act as the chairman of Ventspils City Council,» says Kristovskis.

Also opposition deputies say Lembergs only imitates compliance with security measure, because it is limited to specific duties – entrusting signing of important documents and minutes of meetings to other officials of the city council. Members of the opposition explain that even the fact that the chairman of the city council delegates duties to someone else means Lembergs still performs the duties he is not allowed to by the law.

Members of the opposition suspect it is highly important for Lembergs to remain the head of Ventspils City Council because it secures him unlimited influence and freedom to affect political processes in the municipality and the country in his personal interests.

«Security measure – prohibition to perform duties of chairman of the city council and freeport authority was applied to Lembergs to prevent conflicts of interests that may arise from combining official power with influence.» The opposition emphasizes that if this goal is not accomplished, it means this situation has been present in the court justice system for a long time. Making fun of the court is already a serious crime.

Kristovskis, Korna, A.Landmanis and I.Landmanis informed the court that they cannot accept that a persons accused of serious crimes and applied with security measures remains in charge of an entire municipality, which not only undermines legislative foundations of the entire country, but also promotes nihilism towards the rule of law in society and invites new violations, as mentioned in the document.

«Unfortunately, it is too often that laws and regulations are interpreted in Ventspils City Council in a very questionable way to serve narrow-minded interests and limit the freedom of the opposition to participate in the work performed by the city council,» opposition deputies add.

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