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Zolitūde tragedy lawyer criticises Latvian laws as favourable to insolvency administrators, not business owners

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Latvian lawyer Aldis Gobzems

Outspoken Latvian lawyer, Aldis Gobzems, who defends in civil trials the victims of the Zolitūde supermarket collapse, where 54 people died and dozens suffered injuries, has joined the KPV LV party for the parliamentary election and is pointing to perceived political support to a few successful insolvency administrators.

In an interview with BNN news portal this week, Gobzems, who has been named the KPV LV’s candidate for the post of the Latvian Prime Minister, evaluated: «There is a problem in Latvia that people, who do business or something else devoting their working life to it, often cannot earn as much as, in the framework of our current laws, as several insolvency administrators can earn in the matter of few months. (..) Such situations suggest that the state supports the system – it is more profitable to strip a person of its business and to destroy the business, because the state can earn more this way».

The lawyer with political aspirations for the October Saeima elections believes that an insolvency administrator cannot operate this way without political support and the support and «blindness» of law enforcement institutions and courts.

«Same mafia», conservatives hit back

In loud criticism of Latvian Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnačs (National Alliance), recently Gobzems has blamed the minister of having been «the same mafia» with the insolvency administrator Mārtiņš Bunkus, who was killed in broad daylight in Riga, on May 30.

Gobzems has explained alleged links between the head of the office of the Justice Minister in a case where, according to him, there have been attempts to swindle large sums of money.

The lawyer has also publicly cited several insolvency cases and documents and is convinced that it is important to reveal to the public specific cases, where dishonest deeds took place.

At the same time, Gobzems evaluated that most people working as insolvency administrators or members of parliament are honest, but they obey to the schemes few dishonest people and accept their rules of the «game».

In a reaction, Gobzems said that he has received from the Justice Minister a promise that the latter would reveal certain facts about the outspoken lawyer himself.

Raivis Dzintars, the leader of the National Alliance – the party has held the post of the Justice Minister since 2011 – has, in turn, pointed to attempts to blacken the party, by linking it to troubles in the sector of insolvency administration.

«New, luxury car»

However, the lawyer commented to BNN that he was not aware of Dzintars having been involved in business or having worked in leading positions.

«So how can you explain that he (..) can afford a private house and to drive a new luxury car? How is this possible? Probably he has an explanation and it would be interesting to the public to learn it. I have seen many businesspeople, who are fighting for years in private business, who try to earn money, and they do not have such means as Raivis Dzintars has».

Government at critical point

Expressing his views of the work of the current Latvian Cabinet of Ministers, Gobzems believed that the government has reached a critical point.

«The media are publishing one after the other calls for several ministers to resign, the public is dissatisfied, people continue to emigrate. The government is saying that things are going the right way, although we have the highest taxes in the Baltic states, medications here are more expensive than in Great Britain, which is not a cheap country. The support to children in a family we have is lower than to prisoners,» evaluated Gobzems to BNN.


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