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LTV's De Facto lists accused and convicted election candidates

The 13th Saeima had quite a few MPs accused, and also convicted, of crimes. Some of the accused members are also on the candidate lists for the 14th Saeima. Latvian Television's broadcast De Facto looked at the cases on September 19.

During the 13th Saeima term, six MPs have been accused of various wrongdoings.

Juris Jurašs (Conservatives), former employee of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) was charged with leaking state secrets in February 2019. He was acquitted in two instances but the prosecution appealed the judgment. The Supreme Court Senate verdict is expected at the end of September. Jurašs is a candidate in the 14th Saeima elections.

Artuss Kaimiņš and Atis Zakastitovs (former KPV LV) were both detained in 2018 on suspicion of illegal party financing. Two separate cases were initiated: Zakastitovs was accused of fraud and acquitted in the first instance. The case has been appealed. Kaimiņš' case on document fraud is still active. Zakastitovs is on the New Unity candidate list for the 14th Saeima, whereas Kaimiņš will not run for election.

In summer 2021, Jānis Ādamsons (former Harmony member) was accused of spying. The case is active in court. Ādamsons has left Harmony and is not a candidate for election.

Development/For! deputy Mārtiņš Bondars and his wife Ieva Bondare are accused of alleged document fraud. Bondars is not running for election.

Aldis Adamovičs (New Unity) has been charged with fraud and document fraud, and was banned from work in the parliament for a year. Adamovičs is not allowed to run for the Saeima elections but has been active in New Unity's campaigning in Latgale.

On the election list of New Unity, there are two currently accused candidates, both on the Latgale list: Zakastitovs and Maruta Plivda, former head of the Preiļi municipality. Plivda is accused of alleged fraud of city hall reconstruction documentation. 

Apart from New Unity, two more parties have two accused candidates on their lists: Katram un Katrai (For Each and Every One, KuK), headed by Aldis Gobzems, and Latvia First (Latvija pirmajā vietā, LPV), headed by Ainārs Šlesers.

Katram un Katrai (KuK) Rīga list candidate Aivars Strakšas is accused of abuse of position in the Latvian Railways (LDz) with the aim of material gain. The other candidate, also on the Rīga list, Rūdolfs Brēmanis is also accused of abuse of position, fraud and embezzlement of state funds of over 100 thousand euros, while working at the Latvian Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.

LPV's party list is headed by an accused person, Ainārs Šlesers himself, who is currently acquitted in the first instance regarding the so-called 'digital TV' case: alleged fraud in the introduction of digital television, estimating the damage caused to the telecoms company Tet in the amount of EUR 7,585,533. In December, the court will view in the first instance the case of Aivars Kraps (LPV) former Jēkabpils mayor, who is accused of fraud.

Worth mentioning is also a candidate of the party list Tautas varas spēks (The Power of People's Power, TVS) Jānis Sondars, who has been charged in the first instance for harassment of Re:Baltica journalist Inga Spriņģe.

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