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Saeima to view draft on publication of Oligarch talks and criminal process materials

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Latvia’s Saeima has submitted a legislative draft developed by Latvian Association of Regions (LAR) to committees for review. This legislative draft details public accessibility of materials from the Oligarch case criminal process.

The legislative draft provides for the Prosecutor General’s Office to ensure public access to all materials of the criminal process on the official website by 1 May.

When publishing this information, authorities will have to cover sensitive information of private persons, as well as home addresses, phone numbers and other contact information.

Names of people involved in the criminal process, on the other hand, are not considered sensitive information, according to the legislative draft. The Saeima will have to decide on this matter in three readings.

As it is known, conversations recorded by law enforcement authorities in Ridzene Hotel were used as one of the main pieces of evidence in the so-called oligarchs case, which was launched in 2011.

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB) performed several searches in locations owned by people involved in the oligarchs case, including real estate owned by influential Latvian politicians – Aivars Lembergs, Ainārs Šlesers, and Andris Šķēle.

CPCB spent years investigating this case for several years. In the end, however, it was concluded that recordings were not enough to present charges. In the end, CPCB was forced to end the case with no results.

Interest for this case was renewed when Ir magazine published transcripts from conversations that were, possibly, featured in the criminal case.


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