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    Public defender to be provided for Lembergs

    RIGA, Aug 23 (LETA) - Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs (For Latvia and Ventspils), who stands accused of serious crimes, will be provided a public defender, the Riga Regional Court told LETA.

    Judge Irina Jansone explained to LETA that Lembergs notified the Riga Regional Court on August 21 that he had hired a new attorney, but the attorney was on vacation and would later have a very busy schedule, therefore he would not be able to represent Lembergs during court sessions planned for September.

    Lembergs' letter also did not contain information about the attorney's qualifications and right to represent Lembergs in hearings of criminal cases in courts. That is why the Riga Regional Court on August 21 asked that government provide legal aid to Lembergs, and Lembergs was informed thereof on the same day. The next court hearing will be on August 26.

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

    As 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: 23.08.2019 18:48
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