KNAB seeks prosecution of former prosecutor general Kalnmeiers for disclosure of classified information

  • 2020-08-04
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) is seeking the prosecution of former prosecutor general Eriks Kalnmeiers for disclosure of classified information, according to information obtained by LETA.

Without mentioning the involved person's names, KNAB confirmed to LETA that on Tuesday the anti-corruption bureau forwarded to the Prosecutor General's Office a criminal case, asking to prosecute one former and one current official of the Prosecutor General's Office for disclosure of classified information which is not a state secret.

The criminal case in question has been separated from a criminal probe started earlier by KNAB.

In sending materials of the criminal probe to the Prosecutor General's Office, KNAB concludes the pre-trial investigation of the case. The prosecutor's office is now in charge of the case, KNAB representatives said.

Laura Majevska, a spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General's Office, confirmed to LETA that on Monday KNAB informed the Prosecutor General's Office that a chief prosecutor has been banned from performing her job as a measure of security. Prosecutor General Juris Stukans therefore suspended the chief prosecutor from her office.

Majevska said that the case has been received on Tuesday and a prosecutor will decide within ten days on calling the persons involved in the case to justice.

Kalnmeiers could not be reached for comment.

Latvian Television reported, citing unconfirmed information, that KNAB wants Kalnmeiers to be prosecuted in connection with an information leak from a bribery probe involving prosecutor Zinaida Egle from Jelgava.

According to the report carried by Latvian Television, shortly before the end of his office term, Kalnmeiers disclosed information about Egle's case to several prosecutors. One of them - chief prosecutor Elita Jurkjane - forwarded this information to her husband, lawyer Juris Jurkjans, who in turn disclosed it to his colleague Ieva Cirule. Both Cirule and Egle are being probed for involvement in the bribery case. 

Cirule refused any comments to Latvian Television, but her defense lawyer Saulvedis Varpins said he has signed a confidentiality document and therefore cannot answer any questions about the case. 

The Jurkjans couple also declined comments. 

Prosecutor General Juris Stukans confirmed to Latvian Television that chief prosecutor Jurkjane has been suspended from office pending the investigation. 

Stukans took over as Latvia's new prosecutor general after Kalnmeiers' term in office expired on July 11.

Kalnmeiers was appointed prosecutor general in 2010.