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    Corruption Prevention Bureau once again asks prosecutor's office to bring charges against MP Kaimins

    RIGA, Oct 22 (LETA) - The Prosecutor General's Office has received the Corruption Prevention Bureau's proposal to open criminal proceedings against the 13th Saeima member Artuss Kaimins, sources told LETA.

    Maris Leja, head of the Division for Investigation of Especially Serious Cases at the Prosecutor General's Office, confirmed to LETA that the prosecutor's office earlier today had received the Corruption Prevention Bureau's proposal that a criminal case be opened, but declined to reveal the name of the person which the Corruption Prevention Bureau wanted to bring charges against.

    The prosecutor's office now has to decide whether to bring charges. Should the prosecutor's office decide to open a criminal case against Kaimins, Saeima's permission will be necessary. If Saeima lifts Kaimins' immunity from prosecution, Kaimins will not be permitted to participate in Saeima's work.

    The prosecutor's office can also return the case to the Corruption Prevention Bureau if further investigation is necessary.

    At the moment, three Saeima members have the status of a suspect in a criminal case: Juris Jurass, Atis Sakatistovs (KPV LV), and Aldis Adamovics.

    As reported, this past February the Prosecutor General's Office returned a criminal procedure against Kaimins to the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) after finding no legal grounds to prosecute the parliamentarian.

    Una Reke, a spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General's Office, told LETA that on February 3 a KNAB investigator decided to send the case against Kaimins to the prosecutor's office, asking to start a criminal prosecution for counterfeiting book-keeping documents for personal gains, resulting in substantial damage.

    However, a prosecutor at the Division for Investigation of Especially Serious Cases overruled the decision and returned the case against Kaimins to KNAB for further investigation.

    The prosecutor and KNAB have differing views as to whether the evidence gathered so far is sufficient to call the lawmaker to criminal account, said Reke.

    LETA also reported, in late January, KNAB decided to assign the status of suspect to Kaimins for violations of accountancy rules. Such an offense carries a jail term or up to five years, community work or a fine.

    At the same time, KNAB decided to close the criminal procedure against Kaimins over accepting illegal financing for a political organization and providing false information in an asset statement.

    In June 2018, KNAB detained Kaimins as well as Atis Zakatistovs, who is a board member at KPV LV, and businessman Viesturs Tamuzs, the chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eco Baltia company, as part of a criminal proceeding over possible illegal party financing. All three were later released from custody.

    It was reported at the time that Kaimins and Zakatistovs had allegedly entered into a conspiracy with business representatives, who agreed to hire ghost employees, whose wages were then used to illegally finance KPV LV and also personal needs of the party leader.

    • Published: 22.10.2020 18:11
    • Gatis Kristovskis, LETA
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