The European Parliament has deprived the former mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov of parliamentary immunity at the request of the Latvian Prosecutor General’s Office. At the same time, Ushakov will retain the powers of a European parliamentarian, since they were granted to him by Latvia, LETA reports.
Neil Ushakov said in an interview with RIA Novosti that he himself voted to deprive him of his parliamentary immunity and called on his fellow parliamentarians to do so.
According to the politician, this will allow to complete the investigation, which has been going on since 2019, and will provide an opportunity to prove the comic and absurdity of the charges against him.
A year ago, the Latvian Prosecutor’s Office sent a request to the European Parliament with a request to deprive Ushakov of parliamentary immunity to begin criminal prosecution for possession of a prohibited video surveillance device.
It was found during searches of the ex-mayor’s house as part of a criminal case related to a Riga transport company. The politician himself said that a homemade recording device was found at his home, the existence of which he did not even suspect.