Supreme Court says there's no reason to fire Prosecutor General

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Supreme Court senator Marika Senkāne has not discovered any grounds for firing Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers, said Supreme Court representative Rasma Zvejniece.

She said a Supreme Court plenary meeting will be convened to assess all materials of the probe and produce the decision.

As reported, assessment of Kalnmeiers' suitability for the post had to be  completed by September 16, however, considering the amount of the materials that had to be probed, it took more time than planned initially.

In May Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns (New Conservative Party) said he had discovered indications in the work of Kalnmeiers suggesting that the prosecutor general does not meet the requirement for impeccable reputation.

Specifically, Bordāns also wanted Kalnmeiers to be probed over his track record against money laundering.

But this was met with objections that it amounts to political interference with the Prosecutor General's work, and indeed the New Conservatives had an obvious reason to act against Kalnmeiers who had brought charges against the New Conservatives' MP Juris Jurašs, a former anti-corruption officer who blew the whistle on what he says was an attempt to bribe him in a high-profile case.

At the request of 39 Saeima members, which the Supreme Court received in June, the Supreme Court’s chairman Ivars Bičkovičs initiated an assessment of Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers’ suitability for his job.

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