RIGA - I see people who might be able to change the work standards of the Prosecutors General's Office and the Supreme Court, Justice Minister Janis Bordans (New Conservative Party, JKP) said in an interview with TV3 channel when asked about potential candidates for heading said institutions.
The minister added though that these people should be allowed to decide for themselves whether they want to run for these posts.
"I will always be ready to express my opinion about particular people when the procedure is started or when a particular person is approved. I will tell why I have voted for this or other candidate," the minister said.
Bordans believes that current Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers and the Supreme Court's Chief Judge Ivars Bickovics have serious reputation problems.
In his view, the situation has arisen because of the way these officials were chosen and appointed. "These two persons have been politically chosen, politically appointed and are politically malleable," Bordans said.
Bickovics' term in office expires on June 15 and Kalnmeiers is due to resign on July 11 this year.
As reported, in December 2019 Saeima endorsed the Justice Ministry's proposal to entrust the selection of a candidate for Latvia's next prosecutor general to the Judicial Council and scrapping the existing procedure where the candidate is chosen by the chief judge of the Supreme Court.