Search

 

Cablegate: Pm Injured in Car Accident

VZCZCXRO3122
OO RUEHAG RUEHAST RUEHDA RUEHDF RUEHFL RUEHIK RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHLN
RUEHLZ RUEHPOD RUEHROV RUEHSR RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHRA #0368 1711202
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 191202Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY RIGA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5039
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC

UNCLAS RIGA 000368

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PINR LG
SUBJECT: PM INJURED IN CAR ACCIDENT

1. On the afternoon of June 18, Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis was
injured when his official car was involved in a collision with a
minibus. Press reports that he suffered a concussion and a skull
fracture in the temple area. PM Office Press Spokesman Edgars
Vaikulis is quoted as saying that Godmanis is in stable condition,
conscious and capable of speaking and signing documents. Godmanis
remains in the hospital undergoing further tests, consistent with
the injuries he has suffered. Appearing on Latvian television the
morning of June 19, his doctor said that Godmanis is expected to
remain in hospital for a week.

2. During his recovery, Godmanis has temporarily transferred his
responsibilities to Justice Minister Gaidis Berzins, using the same
mechanism as when the PM is traveling out of the country. No time
periods have officially been announced regarding the PM's expected
recovery or when he may resume his responsibilities.

3. The driver and other two passengers in Godmanis' car, a bodyguard
and an adviser, were not hurt, though one passenger in the minibus
was reported to be injured and also taken to hospital. Godmanis had
been on his way to Riga Castle for a meeting with President Zatlers.
The Latvian Security Police reportedly have started a probe of the
accident and will look at all aspects of the crash, including
whether the PM's car and the accompanying police vehicle had their
lights and sirens on.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC