Maizitis re-elected for second term

  • 2005-03-02
  • By TBT staff
Parliament re-elected Prosecutor General Janis Maizitis for another five-year term on March 3 with 74 MPs voting in his support, 17 voting against and two lawmakers abstaining.

After the confirmation vote, Maizitis said that he saw Parliament's support as credit to his future performance.

When asked whether the prosecutor general would ever reveal who had been pressuring him, Maizitis said, "I have never spoken about pressure, but about facts to which I responded appropriately."

Maizitis' current term expires on May 11. The parties represented in Parliament, however, decided to hold the vote more than two months early due to upcoming local elections scheduled for March 12.

Politicians said that, by re-electing the head prosecutor this week, they could prevent the vote from being used for campaigning purposes.

Maizitis was born in 1961. In 1984 he graduated from the University of Latvia, faculty of law. From 1984 he worked as the senior investigator at the Interior Ministry's Valmiera inter-regional investigation department. From 1991 Maizitis worked as an investigator at Cesis regional prosecutor's office and was appointed head prosecutor in 1994. On May 11, 2000, Maizitis was elected as prosecutor general by Parliament.

President Vaira Vike-Freiberga has also praised Maizitis' performance in office.