RIGA 's Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis has admonished Justice Minister Solvita Aboltina for her recent statements alleging corruption among the Riga District Court judges.
After meeting with the justice minister on Tuesday, Kalvitis, a member of the People's Party, told the press that Aboltina, of New Era, should have gotten the facts first to prove her allegations and only then blame the whole judiciary of corruption.
The prime minister said that Aboltina had acted in a similar way previously when she accused Children and Family Affairs Minister Ainars Bastiks, a member of Latvia's First Party of being interested in the adoption of Latvian children abroad.
"Taking into account your statements about the work of Children and Family Affairs Minister Ainars Bastiks, as well as your statements about the work of the Riga District Court, I reprimand you for repeatedly voicing statements which are unacceptable for the high office of minister," Kalvitis said.
"A minister, especially a justice minister, must refrain from making unsubstantiated hints, suggesting without any grounds the involvement of a particular individual in serious criminal offenses," the prime minister said.