MP Grevcova found guilty of lying and excluded from Saeima

The Supreme Court has refused to bring an appeal in the case of Saeima Member Glorija Grevcova. As a result, Grevcova has lost the mandate of a member of parliament, the prosecution said on February 15.

On Thursday, the judgment of the Riga City Court of March 14, 2023, came into force, which found Grecova guilty of committing the criminal offense provided for in Section 272 of the Criminal Law and punished her with community service for 160 hours.

Running for the post of a member of the 14th Saeima on the list of the 'For Stability!' party , Grevcova had signed a form submitted to the Central Election Commission, which provided false information about her education and past work experience, as previously reported by LSM.

In accordance with Section 18 of the Saeima Rules of Procedure, an MP convicted of a criminal offense shall be considered excluded from the composition of the Saeima from the day when a conviction comes into effect, thus Glorija Grevcova lost her mandate on Thursday.

Deputy Chief Prosecutor of Riga Eastern Prosecutor's Office Edijs Pastars said: “This was the first case in the history of Latvia when a person is convicted of knowingly providing false information to the Central Election Commission when standing for Saeima elections.”

Grevcova had also previously been banned from participating in the Saeima sittings in connection with a video on the social network TikTok in which she denied the fact of Soviet occupation in Latvia. She has since split with the For Stability! party with which she was elected and has lately been sitting as an independent member of parliament. Now the mandate will revert to For Stability! with businessman Amils Saļimovs likely to take it up instead of Grevcova.

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