Court rejects Lembergs' claim for 'health damage' in prison

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On November 23, the administrative district court in Riga rejected the application of former Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs for the recovery of €100,000 in a dispute with the state regarding harm to health, which the applicant believes was done when he was in prison.

The news agency LETA reported that Lembergs had made a claim for compensation after having received 'subpar healthcare' in prison, including not being offered a Covid booster shot. LETA reported that Lembergs had received vaccination against Covid-19 “with an appropriate booster vaccine” produced by Janssen. Lembergs had refused the vaccine himself, so the court concluded that “adequate minimum medical treatment” had been provided to him.

In assessing the specific epidemiological security measures implemented in Riga Central Prison, the court concluded that they were proportionate to the risks of spreading Covid-19 during the period in question. Consequently, the court did not find the illegality of the conduct of the Riga Central Prison administration on these matters.

The judgment of the court may be appealed to the Administrative District Court within one month.

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