Pāvels Rebenoks, a lawyer and until recently an adviser to the former Minister of Economics Ralfs Nemiro (KPV LV), died on Saturday night, in what is believed to be a case of murder, Latvian Television reported September 20.
The murder took place at the lawyer’s home. State Police confirmed the fact that Rebenoks’ body had been found and criminal proceedings have been instituted in connection with the incident. Another injured person is linked to the case, but the police have not yet commented what injuries this person has sustained and whether his accounts would be useful to the case.
The current investigation involves large police resources, operational and investigative activities. Several potential versions of what happened are being tested, Gita Gžibovska, a representative of the State Police (VP), told Latvian Television. Currently, police are focusing on two likely theories: either the motive of the murder had been robbery or Rebenoks’ professional activity.
Last year, Rebenoks told police and the security services that there had been threats to his life.
The archives of the agency LETA show that Rebenoks was the chairman of the council of JSC Olainfarm from 2018 to 2019, but in 2019 he became a member of the board of the Freeport of Riga Authority. In February 2020, Rebenoks was elected Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Freeport of Riga Authority, but already in April he announced that he was leaving the administration . Also in 2019, Rebenoks was the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Latvenergo AS.
During his time as an adviser to the Economics Ministry he became embroiled in controversy about the reform of the mandatory procurement component in electricity tariffs. Despite its bland-sounding name, the affair generated very heated exchanges in the political sphere and wider society.
His murder is likely to draw parallels with the murder two years ago of another prominent lawyer, Mārtiņš Bunkus , which remains unsolved. There is no suggestion at the moment that the cases are connected.