In 2018 the work towards the amendments to the national legislation regarding state security institutions (Latvian Security Police (DP), the Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB), Defence Intelligence and Security Service (MIDD)) was finished. The legislative changes, which will enter into force on 1 January 2019, distinguish the service in the state security institution from other forms of service in state administration.
On December 6, 2018 DP Latvia organized a table-top exercise of the National Counterterrorism Plan (hereinafter – NCP) “Code Red 2018”. This exercise was organized to identify the readiness of institutions involved in national counterterrorism prevention to introduce necessary measures in case if elevated, high or severe level of terrorist threat is introduced in a country, a specific region, a sector of the economy or a specific object and NCP is announced.
On 17 October 2018, DP initiated criminal proceedings in relation to activities drawn against the Republic of Latvia which are possibly done with the aim to assist a foreign country to draw against national security of Latvia. The subject of the criminal proceedings is criminal activity stipulated in Section 80 Article 2 (for the activities aimed against national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, State power or administrative order of the Republic of Latvia in a manner that is not provided in the Constitution), if they have been committed by an organised group) and Section 81¹ (for committing activities with the purpose to assist a foreign state or a foreign organisation to take action against national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, State power, administrative order or national security of the Republic of Latvia).
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