Auditor to have a look at Kariņš' private jet habit

State Audit Office (VK) will assess the flights of former Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) on private jets. Last week, the issue was already discussed at a Saeima committee, however, without the deputies receiving the expected answers, the opposition faction United List also turned to auditors, Latvian Television reported Friday.

As reported earlier, the opposition had questioned the validity and reasons for Kariņš using private jets for his foreign visits. Kariņš responded by saying that the Latvian government should consider buying a jet for its needs.

The VK promises to draw conclusions as quickly as possible. In this case additional questions are raised by the fact that the State Chancellery, reporting to the Saeima on these flights, provided incomplete answers, indicated the auditor.

State Audit Member Inga Vilka said the lack of information was a risk factor: “On some, you could say, very specific questions there has not been any information provided. It's also, in a way, a risk factor [..]. If a public authority is hiding something, apparently it seems to it that something is either not legal or disproportionate or other problems, there are risks. ”

According to the information provided by the State Chancellery, other Prime Ministers have used private flights. Such flights also took place in 2008, 2009, as well as in 2011 and 2012. During these periods, Ivars Godmanis and Valdis Dombrovskis served as Prime Ministers. At the same time, the Authority explains that prime ministers make primary use of scheduled flights, but in rarer cases, if they are not available at the necessary time, special flights are used.

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