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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Latvia Hears KGB Cases

RIGA -- Latvian courts open hearings this week into the cases of several members of parliament accused of past collaboration with the Soviet KGB security police, an official for the prosecutor's office said Monday.

On April 27, parliament suspended five senior deputies, including two ministers, whose names were found on a list of agents in KGB files.

Ex-Foreign Minister Georgs Andrejevs later confessed to having collaborated. He resigned on July 6. The four others have denied the allegation, and their fate still has to be decided.

Investigator Peteris Dzalbe told Reuters that preliminary court moves would start this week in at least two of the four cases to see whether the four were guilty of past KGB collaboration.

Latvian law does not class cooperation with the KGB as a crime. If found guilty, the four risk merely losing their parliamentary mandate. They could, however, face charges of having violated election law by falsely signing documents denying past collaboration with the KGB.