New Conservatives call "people's assembly" to protest charges against MP Jurašs

The New Conservative Party (JKP) has called a "people's assembly", or a protest, against allowing charges against Saeima MP Juris Jurašs on the day the parliament will vote whether to lift legal immunity from him.

The event, titled For a Just Latvia! will likewise ask for the resignation of Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers, as JKP thinks that Jurašs has been unfairly prosecuted and is the victim of a vendetta by Kalnmeiers. 

As previously reported, the Prosecutor General’s Office has sent documents to the Saeima, asking to allow criminal prosecution against Jurašs for disclosing state secrets.

The case concerns Jurašs, a former anti-graft official with the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB), who told the Ir news magazine that he had been offered a €1 million bribe in return for softening the charges against a high-profile defendant. Despite reporting the matter to his superiors, no action was taken, according to his account.

This was judged as leaking sensitive information by the State Security Service (formerly known as the Security Police).

The news comes just as the parliament's Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee has voted to allow a Saeima vote on whether to lift his parliamentary immunity so that charges can be brought against Jurašs. This means that in just two days' time on January 31 the parliament will hold a vote on whether to lift legal immunity from the MP.

KNAB later said that Jurašs had disclosed too much and therefore significantly impeded the bureau's investigation into his allegations. The Security Police started a probe against Jurašs for public disclosure of classified information.

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