Latvia: Penalties in national security cases “too mild”: Pres. Rinkevics

Latvian President Edgars Rinkevics has asked Prosecutor General Juris Stukans to explain why a Latvian citizen who provided support to Russia got away with just a fine, LSM reports. Earlier, a court found Marats Kasems, editor of Russian propaganda agency Sputnik’s Lithuanian edition, guilty of supporting Russia’s activities against Latvia and sentenced him to a fine of EUR 15,500. The defendant admitted his guilt. Kasems was in custody for almost four months during the investigation. Rinkevics insisted that penalties in national security cases were “too mild” and expressed dissatisfaction over the work of the Prosecutor General’s Office.