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Prosecutor general cancels decision to deny Harmony member access to state secrets

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Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers has cancelled the decision made by Constitution Protection Bureau to deny Harmony member Jānis Tutins access to state secrets. This decision previously made it hard for Saeima’s National Defence Committee to conduct its meetings and organize work, as reported by Neatkarīgā Rīta Avīze.

Cases when the prosecutor general cancels decisions made by the Constitution Protection Bureau are very rare. The prosecutor’s office notes that this proves how detailed and well-thought the bureau’s decisions are in regards to denying access to information containing state secrets. However, in regards to Tutins, the prosecutor’s office had doubts about justifications for this reason. The bureau was asked to perform additional inspections.

The newspaper’s unofficial information shows that Tutins will have to undergo a lie detector session.

Unlike other countries, results of lie detector sessions are considered proof by authorities in Latvia, including the Supreme Court of Justice. Approximately 20 years ago, under leadership by Latvian Police Academy’s Professor Anrijs Kavalieris, a study was performed with involvement from law enforcement institutions, psychology specialists and experts from other fields to adopt this method as part of the forensic investigation.

Tutins and other politicians who are denied access to information containing state secrets categorically deny having the slightest idea about the information that served as the base for the bureau’s decision. Once he learned of the response from the prosecutor’s office, he did not try to hide his satisfaction. Jānis Urbanovičs, head of Harmony’s Saeima faction, commented this decision in a short way: ‘We know who to delegate to this committee’.

Still, the decision made by the prosecutor general’s office does not mean Tutins will be provided with access to state secrets. The law states that the Constitution Protection Bureau has the right to remain with its original decision.


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