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Neatkarīgā - Latvia | Thursday, July 23, 2015

Latvian judiciary bows to popular pressure

Protests erupted in the Latvian city of Liepāja last week after a man and his son were sentenced to community service and a fine for the sexual abuse of an under-age girl. The demonstrators say the sentence is too lenient. Politicians and the judiciary are now discussing whether to make it harsher. The national conservative daily Neatkarīgā warns against giving in to pressure from the streets: "The judiciary in a democratic country must be independent. It should not be swayed by public protest or political pressure. Now it must find a dignified way out of this situation and prove that it examined the case and reached a decision without external pressure. However it's clear that pressure is being exerted and that the judicial authorities are only taking action [and considering revising the case] because people wielding posters are out on the streets."

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