The Latvian Public Media Ombudsman, Anda Rožukalne, has launched an evaluation of possible ethical violations in a segment aired by Latvian Television's (LTV) program "Panorāma". The segment in question revolved around the murder of Rēzekne entrepreneur and politician Andris Ļubka. The program featured an interview with the alleged murderer's spouse, Alona Hait, and his driver, who is currently under suspicion.
Alleged Slander and Stirring of National Hatred
Alona Hait mentioned a dispute prior to the murder which encompassed ethnic-based aggressive remarks made by Ļubka. Lauris Ļubka, the late entrepreneur's son, has since accused the interviewees of slandering his father. He claims that their allegations are an attempt to stir national hatred and divert attention from the true motives behind the murder. He further believes that this could influence the ongoing legal process.
Ombudsman Rožukalne received three complaints about the controversial segment. She initiated the evaluation on Monday, delving into the content and production process, and has since sent inquiries to LTV. The intention is to determine whether the segment crossed any ethical lines in its coverage of this high-profile murder case.
The Murder of Andris Ļubka
Andris Ļubka, a businessman active in the woodworking industry and various associations, was elected from the Green and Farmers' Union. He was murdered near a shopping center in Rēzekne, prompting the launch of police operation "Slazdi". The suspect, Igor Hait, was apprehended and later detained by the court. Initial information suggested a conflict between the involved parties preceding the crime. Ļubka's company "Lūsēni" reported significant turnover and profit the previous year.