Jur­mala mayor keeps post; sur­prised over drug scan­dal around him

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Dur­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing of Jur­mala City Coun­cil on Mon­day, 8 Oc­to­ber, chair­man of the city coun­cil Gatis Truk­s­nis man­aged to keep his po­si­tion.

The ap­pli­ca­tion re­gard­ing dis­trust to the mayor was sub­mit­ted by op­po­si­tion mem­bers on 2 Oc­to­ber, shortly af­ter me­dia re­ported in for­ma­tion that State Po­lice pe­nal­ized the mayor for stor­age of il­le­gal nar­cotics.

At the be­gin­ning of the meet­ing, Truk­s­nis said the in­for­ma­tion re­ported 30 Septem­ber came as a sur­prise for him. «I was not in­formed of any penalty or ad­min­is­tra­tive process. Now I can ex­plain what hap­pened,» he said.

He said he is ‘free of any ad­dic­tions’ and that he had un­der­went tests at Riga Psy­chi­a­try and Nar­col­ogy Cen­tre, as well as Na­tional Foren­sic Medicine Ex­per­tise Cen­ter last week. «Test re­sults only con­firm what I have said – I am free of ad­di­tions. The other in­sti­tu­tion has yet to fin­ish tests. I am cer­tain, how­ever, that their re­sults will also show I am clean. I am pre­pared to un­dergo any tests nec­es­sary at any time,» the mayor said.

Rap­por­teur Gun­tis Grūba said, how­ever, that the 13th Saeima elec­tions proved that trust in the rul­ing power has de­clined. «It is un­ac­cept­able for me to see on­go­ing pro­cesses in Jur­mala ruin our trust, and the in­for­ma­tion re­ported by the me­dia does un­der­mine the city coun­cil from a le­gal view­point,» said Grūba, adding that UGF has other ca­pa­ble can­di­dates to take over reins in Jur­mala City Coun­cil

He also men­tioned wit­ness­ing Truk­s­nis be­have in­ad­e­quately last year. He turned to UGF chair­man Ar­mands Krauze with a re­quest to re­place Truk­s­nis. «They told me the mayor has un­der­gone treat­ment and is in fit con­di­tion,» said Grūba, adding that the vote only serves to demon­strate UGF’s cyn­i­cism to­wards its vot­ers and the gen­eral pub­lic.

Deputy Uldis Kron­blūms does not be­lieve Truk­s­nis. «It is un­for­tu­nate to see peo­ple act with com­pletely dif­fer­ent prin­ci­ples than they should. There is enough in­for­ma­tion to doubt the mayor and the de­ci­sions he made in the past.»

Jur­mala City Coun­cil deputy from Con­cord Ņikita Ņik­i­forovs said that it is not pos­si­ble to make in­formed de­ci­sions based solely on a sin­gle pro­gramme. «We have no of­fi­cial doc­u­ments to prove his guilt. I’ve been work­ing with him for a year and I’ve yet to see any signs that would make me ques­tion his pro­fes­sion­al­ism,» he said. He also said that vot­ers were well aware of the crim­i­nal process launched by Cor­rup­tion Pre­ven­tion and Com­bat­ing bureau against For Latvia from the Heart and Union of Greens and Farm­ers in re­la­tion to pos­si­ble il­le­gal fi­nanc­ing of those par­ties last year. In spite of this in­for­ma­tion, how­ever, peo­ple still re­elected Truk­s­nis. This means peo­ple trust him, Ņik­i­forovs said.

Deputies from Con­cord and UGF sup­ported keep­ing Truk­s­nis in his post in the re­cent vote.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported by Nekā per­son­īga pro­gramme of TV3, Latvia’s State Po­lice has fined Truk­s­nis EUR 100 for stor­age of il­le­gal drugs.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from the pro­gramme, the sy­ringe found by CPCB con­tained traces of co­caine and Truk­s­nis’ blood. This piece of ev­i­dence was con­fis­cated by CPCB dur­ing a search part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the pos­si­bly il­le­gal fi­nanc­ing of po­lit­i­cal par­ties For Latvia from the Heart and Union of Greens and Farm­ers.

Edijs Pālens/LETA

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