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    About 150 people in a picket demand resignation of prosecutor general

    RIGA, July 13 (LETA) – About 150 people have gathered in a picket in front of the Prosecutor General's Office to demand Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers' resignation over the so-called "oligarch conversations" at the Ridzene hotel.

    Picketers were holding posters saying "Eriks has no time", "Corruption is cancer", and others.

    Juris Jurass and Juta Strike, members of the New Conservative Party, Riga City Council lawmakers, former employers of the Corruption Prevention Bureau, have joined the protesters.

    Most of the protesters are young people. There are several dozen of police officers present on the site.

    As reported, the picket has been organized by the Progressives party to demand resignation of Kalnmeiers and further investigation in the "oligarch conversations".

    The party believes that Kalnmeiers’ statements demonstrate lack of interest in resolving the crime.

    As reported, a series of transcripts of high-ranking politicians and businessmen's conversations at Ridzene hotel, now published by magazine Ir, was one of the main pieces of evidence in a 2011 criminal case on bribery, money laundering, abuse of office and other crimes, implicating a number of high-ranking politicians and public figures, including Andris Skele, Aivars Lembergs, Ainars Slesers and others.

    The Corruption Prevention Bureau investigated the case for several years, but eventually concluded that the secretly-recorded conversations did not constitute compelling evidence, therefore the criminal case was closed.

    • Published: 13.07.2017 09:54
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