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    Judge in Lembergs' criminal case steps down for health reasons

    RIGA, Sept 9 (LETA) - Boriss Geimans, who presides at hearings of the criminal case against Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs (For Latvia and Ventspils), will no longer participate in the hearings for health reasons; Arija Zdanova will join the team of judges reviewing the case, however judge Irina Jansone has been appointed the new chairperson.

    During the court meeting today, attorney Aivo Leimanis informed the court that he would no longer represent Lembergs. Accordingly, the court appointed Genadijs Ivankins, a state-appointed lawyer, who will represent Lembergs at the court now.

    Ivankins initially asked the court seven months to acquaint himself with the materials in the case.

    The court today also asked attorneys for the accused Ansis Sormulis and Anrijs Lembergs if they were ready to begin debates, but the attorneys said they were not as they had expected Aivars Lembergs' defense to last until the end of the year. However, the court ruled that either attorney Janis Rozenbergs or attorney Oskars Rode would have to start the debates on Thursday, September 12.

    After the court session today, Rozenbergs told LETA he could not say if he would be ready to address the court by Thursday.

    As reported, Lembergs had to hire a new attorney after Raimonds Krastins, one of the attorneys representing Lembergs in court, resigned on June 25.

    LETA also reported, this past march the Prosecutor's Office demanded an eight-year prison sentence for Lembergs, with confiscation of property, and a fine in the amount of 150 minimum monthly wages, or EUR 64,500.

    The prosecutor's office also wants Lembergs' son Anrijs Lembergs to be sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison with confiscation of property, and Lembergs' business partner Ansis Sormulis - to seven years in prison, also with confiscation of property.

    The prosecutor's office has charged Lembergs with bribe-taking, money laundering, document forgery, exceeding his authority, and other crimes. The other defendants in the case are Lembergs' son and Sormulis.

    All three defendants plead not guilty.

    The case was handed over to the court by the prosecutor's office in 2008. Riga Regional Court has been reviewing the case since August 2009. Boriss Geimans, Irina Jansone and Ligita Kuzmane are the judges on the case.

    • Published: 09.09.2019 12:57
    • Karlis Arajs, LETA
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