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Unity faction leader asks prosecutor to launch criminal case against Riga’s mayor

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The leader of Unity’s faction in Riga City Council Vilnis Ķirsis has turned to the Prosecutor General’s Office, requesting a detailed investigation of the employment of people close to Harmony and Honour to Serve Riga political parties in Rīgas satiksme.

Additionally, he has requested a separate investigation of the level of responsibility Nils Ušakovs, as shareholder in Rīgas satiksme, for the catastrophic financial situation of this company, as confirmed by Unity faction’s consultant Edmunds Jurēvics.

Jurēvics explains that he sent a letter to the Prosecutor General’s Office on 11 March. In it, the head of Unity’s faction in Riga City Council asked authorities to investigate decisions made by the management of Rīgas satiksme and Ušakovs as the company’s shareholder and whether his actions bear signs of abuse of power for personal gain, as well as negligence that cause serious financial damages to the company. On top of that, Ķirsis has asked the Prosecutor General’s Office to investigate if there are signs of violations of the law in regards to illegal financing of political parties in the situation with possible fictive employment of several dozen people.

Ķirsis comments: «As a shareholder in SIA Rīgas satiksme, Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs , had no way of being in the dark about the situation in the company, because he is the one who created this uneconomical and corrupt system in the first place. Additionally, he covered for it, and is thereby personally responsible for what happened. Nils Ušakovs should answer not only politically but also before the law for using Rīgas satiksme as ‘feeding ground’ for Harmony and Honour to Serve Riga officials for years. On top of that, similarly to Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks, it seems dozens of people there are employed fictively and receive thousands of euros in wages for doing no work at all. I think Ušakovs’ place is in prison, not the European Parliament.»

After reading through the report compiled by Ernst&Young audit company on the situation in Rīgas satiksme, Ķirsis concluded that consultation agreements with Riga City Council’s leading party’s representatives and their family members were fictive and should be considered as fictive employment with a goal to increase wealth of people close to political parties, not provide a quality service to the consulted company. From a political viewpoint, audit reports offer no clear look at what kind of service those people provided the company or even if there was a service to begin with.

Ķirsis says the «most worrying about all this is that among the people that are possibly fictively employed in Rīgas satiksme is also Riga City Election Commission’s chairman Juris Kokins. This creates concerns regarding his objectivity when organizing elections in Riga, which also puts at risk free and fair principles of elections.»


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