Former MP Grevcova to be prosecuted for justifying war crimes

On February 27, the State Security Service (VDD) suggested that the Prosecutor's Office initiate criminal proceedings against former Latvian MP Glorija Grevcova for justifying war crimes committed by Russia, the VDD said on March 7.

The VDD initiated criminal proceedings against Grevcova under Article 74.1 of the Criminal Law in connection with a video message posted by the then MP on the video-sharing platform "TikTok", in which Grevcova questioned the truthfulness of the information displayed in the Latvian Museum of the Occupation and expressed by the guide.

During the investigation, the Service also found other video messages posted on social networking sites by other persons, which contained elements of the criminal offense referred to in Article 74.1 of the Criminal Code.

In the videos published by Grevcova, the VDD found indications of justification for war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine.

Article 74.1 of the Criminal Law  – Acquittal of Genocide, Crime against Humanity, Crime against Peace and War Crime – provides for imprisonment for a term of up to five years or temporary deprivation of liberty, or probation supervision, or community service, or a fine.

As earlier reported by LSM, on January 22, 2023, following a visit to the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, the scandal-prone member of parliament published a video on the social network TikTok, saying that she was in the “so-called Museum of Occupation”. She also stated that facts do not align with those presented at the museum, and that the tour guide has told his own “parallel, fictional history”, as she emphasized in her video. She described the information provided as "propaganda", sparking outrage and calls for law enforcement agencies to take action.

Saeima deputy Edmunds Jurēvics (New Unity), following these statements, made an application to the Prosecutor's Office. VDD later took on the investigation.

Grevcova recently lost her Saeima mandate over a different issue entirely – she was found guilty of lying about her education and work in her application to the Central Election Commission before being elected to the Saeima. 

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