The Latvian Prosecutor’s Office has sent a request to the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, to lift the immunity of a member of the legislature, former mayor of Riga, Neil Ushakov, to bring charges against him. This was reported by LETA with reference to the spokesperson of the supervisory authority Aiga Eiduka.
In mid-October, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau of Latvia (LPCB) asked the prosecutor’s office to charge Ushakov with the criminal case of storage of a prohibited video surveillance device disguised as a book. The device was found in January 2019 in the Riga City Council during a search of the politician’s office when he was the mayor of Riga.
Nil Ushakov himself then claimed that the device was a cardboard album with a camera and a microphone glued together. The search was carried out in the criminal case of taking a bribe when supplying buses and trolleybuses to Riga. Against the backdrop of a corruption scandal, the Latvian Ministry of Regional Development dismissed Ushakov from his post as city governor, after which he was elected a member of the European Parliament.