Law enforcement authorities in Egypt have detained bribery accused former Riga City Council official Ārija Stabiņa, as confirmed by Panorāma programe of LTV.
Stabiņa’s lawyer Līga Cīrule confirmed in a conversation with the programme that a court hearing took place in Egypt on 19 November on her client’s extradition to Latvia. However, the verdict is unknown at this time.
Latvia’s Prosecutor General’s Office did not comment on making a request to Egyptian authorities to extradite Stabiņa. Nevertheless, the fact that a court hearing was held means Stabiņa’s lawyer has likely tried appealing her client’s extradition.
If Egypt decides to extradite Stabiņa, she will be escorted to Latvia by State Police. Latvian authorities have yet to provide more detailed comments on this, however.
State Police representative Gita Gžibovska has told the programme that ‘according to information available to State Police, Stabiņa has been detained by Egyptian authorities, but not because she has become internationally wanted’. This means Stabiņa has ended up in the sights of Egyptian authorities somehow.
As previously reported, in September 2012 Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau announced the commencement of a criminal process in regards to possible bribery of Riga City Council officials. 14 searches have been performed and several persons have been arrested as part of this criminal process.
CPCB suspects Stabiņa of accepting bribes in exchange for influencing the apartment provision procedure.