“I have exhausted all legal means possible. The protection of my citizen rights was simply denied. My last chance to achieve justice in my case was the appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (.pdf)."
The application to the European Court of Human Rights was submitted to the Court in Strasbourg in October 2011:
In essence the complaint is about violations of two provisons of the Human Rights Convention:
Article 8 to protect the human right of private and family life and
Article 1/of Protocol 1 on protection of property.
Furthermore, the complaint is based on the following factors:
Mrs. Vilkaste exhausted all legal means in Latvia, before she had appealed to the President of the State of Latvia and the Attorney General.
After years of persecution and countless court proceedings documents pile up in her workroom.
Inara Vilkaste’s case is just one out of many in Latvia. Looking closer onto such cases, the dark side of the political and legal system of Latvia can clearly be observed. It shows a state where certain groups within state authorities have gotten out of control and act on behalf of their own – often shady - interests.
There was a book written by journalist Lato Lapsa et.al. called “The Other Kitchen” about “the system” (pdf-files of selected chapters of the book). Disclaimer: The author gave permission to use excerpts from his book. The book is available only in Latvian. This English version of some chapters is an unofficial version.
It is important to understand, that
Opening cases and splitting cases that are based on fabricated facts or irreproducible accusations over and over again can only be done by official institutions. Mrs. Vilkaste came into their focus, but the reasons were never revealed to her.
If one takes a closer look onto all those proceedings, one will find that most of them hover around the same irreproducible accusations all the time. One cannot fight these cases because the authorities split them up into countless proceedings and hold endless court hearings. Mrs. Vilkaste is forced to attend all the court hearings and interrogations over and over again.
As victim, as witness, just as “involved” or even as suspect – the schedule of Inara Vilkaste and her family in September and October. No time left for private life or business. Who wants to destroy this woman?