Posts tagged as criminal

Criminal accusations brought against chairman of Tet board

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Latvian telecoms company Tet (formerly known as Lattelecom) finds itself at the center of controversy after it confirmed on October 25 that charges relating to large-scale fraud have been levelled against both its high-profile chairman and the director of its legal department in connection with a long-running scandal dubbed the “digital TV case” Juris Gulbis, Chairman of the Board of Tet said: “I categorically and completely reject the accusations, we are ready to defend and…

Border Guard chief no longer suspect

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Prosecutor’s Office annulled the decision of the Internal Security Bureau (IDB), which identified Chief of State Border Guard Guntis Pujāts as suspect, Pujāts’ lawyer Alla Juraša told LETA September 16. The Prosecutor’s Office has also revoked all safety measures IDB had applied, including a ban on the duties of the Chief of Border Guard. This means he can go back to work. Press secretary of the Prosecutor’s Office, Laura Majevska, told Latvian Radio that…

Latvia uncovers alleged international plastic granule money laundering scheme

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Criminal proceedings have been brought against a group of persons who are accused of attempting to legalize more than seven million euros of illicit funds using several companies and shady transactions, according to the State Revenue Service (VID) on April 9. The proceedings include a pre-trial investigation of the organized legalization scheme. A string of investigative procedures uncovered several fictitious businesses selling overpriced biopolymer granules to legalize the illicit funds…

The new dimension of terror

By Marcel Fürstenau, Peter Hille on Friday, February 21, 2020

A gunman by the name of Tobias R. is thought to have killed nine people and injured at least four in two shisha bars in the city of Hanau, not far from Frankfurt. He then went home where he is suspected of killing his mother before killing himself. He left behind a letter and video in which he claimed responsibility. Ahead of the attack, he is suspected of having spread…

Levits pardons convicted participant of 2009 riot, expunges his criminal record

Thursday, December 12, 2019

On reviewing a clemency request filed by a lawyer of Ansis Ataols Berzins, who was convicted in Latvia for his involvement in the January 13, 2009 riots in Riga, President Egils Levits has decided to pardon him and expunge his criminal record, Berzins said on Facebook. While still in prison, Berzins had filed two clemency requests to Latvia’s then President Raimonds Vejonis but these requests were denied. On December 10,…

Krapane says she has information about mandatory procurement component that may lead to new criminal cases

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Ieva Krapane, head of the parliamentary investigative commission on the mandatory procurement component (MPC) system, has information that may lead to new criminal proceedings, the politician told reporters today. Krapane has spoken to several persons connected to the MPC business environment and also seen certain documents signed by officials, she said after the investigative commission today decided to ask Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers to delegate one or more prosecutors to…

Bribe in LU vice-rector’s criminal case may be tied to LU House of Letters project

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The bribery in Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau’s (KNAB) criminal process in which vice-rector of University of Latvia (LU) Baiba Broka and businessmen Guntis Rāvis and Ivars Millers have been detained may be associated with LU Academic Centre’s House of Letters project, according to information from LETA. The procurement for the construction of LU House of Letters was announced in spring 2018. The winner was sought in the tended through…

Paratroopers under investigation after death of fellow soldier

Friday, October 12, 2018

Italian prosecutors are investigating whether four 173rd Airborne Brigade soldiers with Sgt. Kevin Connor on the night he died, possibly from alcohol poisoning, are criminally culpable. Connor, 24, was found dead in the barracks after midnight on Oct. 1 after the soldiers called paramedics and said that Connor had stopped breathing. The soldiers had spent Sunday evening watching football and drinking at the Arena, the base bowling alley. By the…

Russian journalist shot dead in Kiev

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A prominent Russian journalist has been shot dead in Ukraine Arkady Babchenko was an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and a veteran of the Chechen wars. Ukrainian lawmaker Anton Gerashchenko wrote on facebook that the journalist went out to buy some bread, and that the killer was waiting for him near his flat. He was reportedly shot several times in the back. Kyiv police chief Andriy Kryshchenko told journalists…