Rinkēvičs: Latvian judiciary must be better prepared for hybrid threats

The judiciary still needs to improve its preparedness for hybrid threats, President of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs said in an interview on Latvian Television's "Morning Panorama" February 23.

Rinkēvičs said that state security authorities apprehend spies and saboteurs of various kinds, but the judiciary does not always react according to the war situation.

"Then there is the judiciary, our preparedness for a hybrid threat. I have to say that the judiciary still has to get its act together," Rinkēvičs said.

"There have even been cases where a judge, after handing down a conviction and imposing a certain prison sentence, lets the person out because, apparently, the sentence was not prepared in time," the President said.

Such cases are regularly brought to the attention of officials in the judiciary, who have the power to evaluate the work of judges and, if they see negligence or misconduct, to initiate disciplinary proceedings.

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