RIGA - Riga Regional Court today removed Swiss attorney Rudolf Meroni from overseeing the suspended Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs' assets arrested during investigation in a criminal case against Lembergs, the court confirmed to LETA.
After put in charge of Lembergs' assets, Meroni was criticized for using this opportunity to increase his influence at Ventspils transit companies.
Lembergs has made multiple complaints about Meroni's actions involving Lembergs' assets, and the State Police have launched at least one criminal case against Meroni.
As reported, the Prosecutor's Office has demanded an eight-year prison sentence, with confiscation of property, and a fine in the amount of 150 minimum monthly wages, or EUR 64,500, for Lembergs who stands accused of a number of serious crimes.
The prosecutor's office also wants Lembergs' son Anrijs Lembergs to be sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison with confiscation of property, and Lembergs' business partner Ansis Sormulis - to seven years in prison, also with confiscation of property.
Riga Regional Court has been reviewing the case since August 2009.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control on December 9 last year imposed sanctions on Lembergs and four legal entities associated with him, based on the so-called Magnitsky Act.
Lembergs believes that therefore an impartial review of his case in Latvia is "not possible at all".