Criminal Law

Pursuant to Section 23, Paragraph one of the Law “On the Procedure for Entry into Force and Application of the Criminal Law”, liability for a criminal offense provided for in the Criminal Law, which causes significant damage, arises if the criminal offense not only causes significant property damage but also endangers other interests or if such a threat is significant.

In its turn, in accordance with Paragraph two of this Section, a material loss shall be recognized as a significant property loss which, at the time of the commission of the offense, exceeds the total amount of five minimum monthly salaries established in the Republic of Latvia at that time. As the formal losses caused to the municipality by the receipt of V. Vīķe-Freiberga’s cemetery do not exceed this amount, the illegal entry of the seven-seater cemetery into the disposal of the former president does not qualify as a significant loss. On the other hand, KNAB has not requested any explanations from V. Vīķe-Freiberga herself in the case of “blata kapa”.