Six persons detained in Latvia and another two in Poland in connection with RS procurement scandal

Six persons have been detained by the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) in Latvia in conection witht the procurement scandal involving the Rigas Satiksme municipal public transport company, as well as another two have been detained in Poland.

The KNAB informed today that it carried out over 30 searches yesterday in connection with this investigation.

The bureau points out that a large-scale investigation is currently underway and it is also working together with the Polish Anti Corruption Agency in this investigation. Eight persons have been detained so far – six in Latvia and two in Poland.

The KNAB informs it will not comment in more detail at the moment in the interests of the investigation.

As reported, the Corruption Prevention Bureau on Tuesday detained Igors Volkinsteins, head of the Rigas Satiksme municipal public transport company’s infrastructure maintenance and development department, the company’s representative Baiba Bartasevica confirmed to LETA.

Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs (Harmony) told LETA that he would have a meeting with Rigas Satiksme Leons Bemhens and Riga Vice-Mayor Andris Ameriks (Honor to Serve Riga) later today to discuss yesterday’s developments.

The Corruption Prevention Bureau has not talked to Usakovs, the mayor told LETA. He also said he did not know what the Corruption Prevention Bureau was looking for during yesterday’s visit to Rigas Satiksme offices.

LETA also reported, two Corruption Prevention Bureau officials arrived at Rigas Satiksme yesterday and talked with the company’s head Leons Bemhems. Also yesterday, businessman Maris Martinsons was detained by the Corruption Prevention Bureau.

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