A look into charges: how Lem­bergs earned 600,000 eu­ros at Ventspils res­i­dents’ ex­pense

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Us­ing off­shore com­pa­nies, Lem­bergs’ fam­ily has been in­di­rectly con­trol­ling com­pa­nies in Latvia for years. On top of that, Lem­bergs has been ac­tively us­ing his of­fi­cial posts to en­sure prof­its for those com­pa­nies at the ex­pense of Ventspils tax­pay­ers.

Pi­etiek has re­cently pub­lished some of the most im­por­tant frag­ments from charges pre­sented to Ai­vars Lem­bergs. Al­though, the amount of money ‘earned’ from cer­tain ques­tion­able ac­tiv­i­ties is mod­est by stan­dards of Lem­bergs fam­ily – slightly above EUR 600,000, the por­tal wrote.

For ex­am­ple, re­al­iz­ing his crim­i­nal in­ten­tions, on 12 March, 7 May, 20 Au­gust of 1999; 25 Fe­bru­ary, 5 May, 1 De­cem­ber of 2000; 24 Au­gust, 29 Oc­to­ber of 2001; 21 Jan­uary, 22 Fe­bru­ary, 10 May, 23 Au­gust, 7 Novem­ber of 2002; 27 Oc­to­ber 2003 and 20 Fe­bru­ary 2004, by tak­ing part in four de­ci­sion-mak­ing votes in Ventspils City Coun­cil (Juras Street 36, Ventspils) and four­teen de­ci­sion-mak­ing votes in Ventspils Freeport Au­thor­ity (Jana Street 19, Ventspils) in re­la­tion to Vent­plac, Lem­bergs, as a state of­fi­cial in an im­por­tant post, in­ten­tion­ally hid his in­volve­ment in a con­flict of in­ter­ests by not in­form­ing mem­bers of Ventspils City Coun­cil of this fact and by not del­e­gat­ing his func­tions as chair­man of the city coun­cil to his deputy and in­stead choos­ing to in­flu­ence the prop­erty in­ter­ests of his son and daugh­ter – An­rijs and Liga – in Vent­plac. This is be­cause at the time of mak­ing the de­ci­sion, he [Lem­bergs] and his chil­dren in­di­rectly owned two cap­i­tal shares in Vent­plac through Kay­wood In­ter­na­tional Ltd. (reg.Nr.82158, ad­dress Tropic Isle Build­ing P.O. box 438 Road Town, Tor­tola, Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands) in which they were the true ben­e­fi­cia­ries and which owned no less than 15 shares in Vent­plac worth LVL 12,000, which, ac­cord­ing to the ex­change rate at the time (8 April 2005), was equal to EUR 17,074.46.

In ad­di­tion, Lem­bergs, his daugh­ter and son, owned no less than nine shares in Seas­tar worth LVL 22,500 (32,014.62) through Euridice Cor­po­ra­tion N.V. (reg.Nr.65246, ad­dress Zee­landia Of­fice Park ING-gebouw, 1ste verdieping, Cu­ra­cao Nether­lands An­tilles), in which they owned no less than 15,000 shares and were ben­e­fi­cia­ries in no less than 50% of the com­pany. Euridice Cor­po­ra­tion N.V. also owned Be­leg­gings­maatschap­pij Geit B.V. (reg.Nr. 33254226, ad­dress Straw­in­sky­laan 815 WTC Tower A8, 1077XX, Amsterdam), which was a par­tic­i­pant and owned no less than 18 shares in Seas­tar. At the time of the de­ci­sion be­ing made, Seas­tar owned no less than 510 shares in Fer­ro­trans (reg.Nr. 000316638) worth LVL 229,500 (EUR 326,649.08), which owned ne less than 20 shares in Vent­plac worth LVL 16,000 (EUR 22,765,95).

Lem­bergs, as chair­man of Ventspils City Coun­cil and Ventspils Freeport Au­thor­ity, took part in 14 de­ci­sion-mak­ing pro­cesses in re­la­tion to Vent­plac in both in­sti­tu­tions. Do­ing so, Lem­bergs in­flu­enced his own, his son’s Vent­plac in both in­sti­tu­tions. Do­ing so, Lem­bergs in­flu­enced his own, his son’s and his daugh­ter’s prop­erty in­ter­ests in Vent­plac be­cause it se­cured the com­pany favourable de­ci­sions in re­la­tion to en­vi­ron­men­tal li­cense ap­proval, ex­emp­tions from state fees, real es­tate lease con­tracts, al­lo­ca­tion of fund­ing for the construction of wood­chip stor­age and han­dling area, construction of large wood materials stor­age area and fi­nanc­ing of cargo op­er­a­tions at dock Nr 5 worth LVL 362,800 (EUR 516,217.89) and re­pay­ment of base funds worth no less than LVL 85,305.82 (EUR 121,379.25), as the por­tal re­ported with ref­er­ence to court materials.

Lem­bergs is ac­cused of bribery is es­pe­cially large amounts, money laun­der­ing, fraud, par­tic­i­pa­tion in prop­erty deals pro­hib­ited to him due to his post, abuse of of­fi­cial power and other crimes.

In ad­di­tion to Lem­bergs, other sus­pects in this case in­clude his son An­rijs and the afore­men­tioned Sor­mulis. All three deny their guilt in the crimes they are ac­cused of. The case is com­piled in 200 vol­umes and two crim­i­nal pro­cesses that were sub­mit­ted to court by the pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice in the sec­ond half of 2008.

Ai­vars Lem­bergs Au­thor: Edijs Pālens

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