Jūrmala Mayor fined for allegedly faking business trip

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Rīga Regional Court has found the mayor of Jūrmala Gatis Truksnis (Union of Greens and Farmers) guilty of fraud in faking documents on a business trip and sentenced him to a EUR 5,000 fine, Latvian Television reported November 29.

The judgment will be able to be appealed.

The Collegiate of Criminal Justice of Riga District Court on Monday satisfied the appeal submitted by the prosecutor and completely annulled the judgment of April 6 in the criminal case of Riga District Court, in which Jurmala Mayor Gatis Truksnis and the head of the mayor's office, Ingrīda Vilkārse, were accused and acquitted.

The appeals court issued a new judgment, acknowledging the two defendants guilty of charges brought against them. Truksnis has been sentenced to a fine of 10 minimum monthly salaries, or EUR 5,000, and Vilkārse a fine of five minimum monthly salaries or EUR 2,500.

The judgment will be appealed under the cassation procedure after the full judgment is drawn up, at present 14 December is set for the date of its availability.

Riga Regional Court Judge Irina Janson pointed out that “the Court of Appeal evaluated the evidence in the case and, unlike the court of the first instance, found it sufficient to give a conviction.”

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