On June 18, 1996, the members of the acting 6th Saeima (Parliament) of the Republic of Latvia will elect the President of the State. One of the candidates is Mr Alfreds Rubiks, a political prisoner.
Experience 1957-1961 Foreman, the Riga Electrotechnical Plant. 1962-1968 Secretary, the Young Communist Union. 1969-1976 Deputy Head of department, the Central Committee of the Latvian Communist Party. 1976-1982 First Secretary, Leningrad district in the Riga City of the Latvian Communist Party. 1982-1984 Minister of local industry. 1982-1990 Chairman, the Riga City Executive Council. April 1990-August 1991 First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Latvian Communist Party. Parliamentary 1980-1990 Member of the Supreme Council of the Latvian SSR. experience 1989-1991 Member of the Supreme Council of the USSR. 1990-1992 Member of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia. 1993-1995 Member of the 5th Saeima of the Republic of Latvia. Imprisonment Mr Alfred Rubiks was arrested in August 23, 1991. He was charged with "the treason to the USSR", pursuant to article 59 of the Criminal Code of the Latvian SSR. The prosecuting bodies themselves on 20 February 1992 withdrew the existing charge against Mr Rubiks and laid a new charge against him pursuant to Article 59 part 1 of the Criminal Code of the Latvian Republic, which was only brought into force on 22 August 1991. So he became pursued for "the action directed to the violent overthrow of the state power of the Republic of Latvia or another action doing harm to the defence capacity or safety of the Republic of Latvia" on the basis of a clause which was not into force before and which cannot have retrospective action by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as upon the European Convention on the Defence of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The unprecedented trial against Mr Alfred Rubiks and his co-defendant, Mr Oyar Potreki, continued for more than two years. The trial commenced on 21 June 1993, the sentence was given on 27 July 1995. Mr Alfred Rubiks was convicted to eight years' imprisonment in a severe regime prison. Now Alfred Rubiks is being kept in custody in Riga Matisa prison. Education 1963 Riga Technical Higher School, engineer. 1980 the Leningrad Higher Party School. Personal 60. Latvian. Married, two sons.