Posts tagged as KNAB

Corruption Prevention Bureau detains board member of Salaspils municipal company

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) has detained Ilgonis Igaunis, a board member of Salaspils municipal company Valgums-S, on suspicions of abuse of authority, according to the information at the disposal of LETA. KNAB without disclosing the person’s name, said that on Monday activities, including searches, were conducted in relation to a criminal procedure started on July 26. The criminal case has been launched on a suspicion that a local government…

KNAB detains road maintenance company Latvijas valsts ceļi board member

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

On Tuesday, 1 October, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) detained road maintenance company Latvijas valsts ceļi (LVC) board member Edgars Strods, according to information from LETA. KNAB officers also performed a search at Strods’ home and office. LVC representative Anna Kononova confirmed that KNAB officers have been to LVC office. «You should ask KNAB about Strods’ detainment, as we have no information about that,» added Kononova. LVC manages Latvia’s…

KNAB detains Kekava deputy mayor and another individual for bribery

Monday, September 30, 2019

The Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) on Friday detained a Kekava Regional Council official, as well as another individual, for possible bribery in connection with construction activities, LETA was informed by the KNAB. According to unofficial information detained by LETA, the detained official is former Latvian national team basketball player and deputy mayor Aigars Vitols (Latvian Green Party). The KNAB informs that the criminal process was launched on August 12 for…

Corruption Prevention Bureau wants eight persons charged in connection with Salu Bridge reconstruction

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Corruption Prevention Bureau is asking the prosecutor’s office to bring charges against eight persons, including Ugis Broza, an official at the Riga City Council’s Transport Department, for various crimes and violations during reconstruction of Salu (Island) Bridge in Riga, sources told LETA. The Corruption Prevention Bureau wants Broze charged with document forgery, abuse of power, trading in influence, and filing fraudulent tax returns. Broze is also implicated in a…

Corruption watchdog officer interviewed LU vice-rector following some person’s request

Thursday, July 11, 2019

University of Latvia vice-rector and Riga City Council deputy Baiba Broka, who was detained on Monday, 8 July, and then subsequently released from custody is fully prepared to cooperate with Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) in the investigation of the criminal case regarding the EUR 20 000 bribe. The suspended vice-rector added that she is also prepared to provide answers to journalists, because she believes corruption has no place…

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…

Corruption Prevention Bureau’s operatives raided businessman Ravis’ office and home Monday

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Corruption Prevention Bureau’s (KNAB) operatives on Monday conducted searches at the office and residence of Guntis Ravis, a co-owner of Skonto construction group, Elina Dobulane, a representative of Skonto Buve construction firm, informed LETA. She said that Ravis has not been assigned any status in the criminal procedure launched by KNAB. “Politicians are currently sending a very dangerous signal to entrepreneurs in Latvia, involving law enforcement and businesspeople in…

Latvian corruption watchdog detains another ex-official of Riga’s tourism bureau

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

On Tuesday, 26 May, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) detained Riga City Deputy and ex-board member of Riga Tourism Development Bureau (RTDB) Maksims Tolstojs. Tolstojs had been absent from Latvia since 14 May due to his official visit to Russia. He had also submitted a sick leave paper to KNAB. On 13 May, KNAB performed investigative activities, including more than a dozen searches at different addresses. Officers also confiscated…

Usakovs and Ameriks have no status applied in any of criminal cases

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Riga City Council lawmakers elected to the European Parliament, Nils Usakovs (Harmony) and Andris Ameriks (Honor to Serve Riga), have not been assigned any official status in any of the criminal cases investigated by the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB), LETA learned from KNAB. There are a number of statuses possible in criminal cases – a suspect, a person against whom a criminal procedure has been launched, a defendant or a…

KNAB checks Latvian Railways’ wall project – half a million spent but there is no wall

Monday, May 13, 2019

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced an investigation in relation to the protective wall project near Šķirotava railway station in Riga – Latvian Railway (LDz) has partially paid for the project, but the firm in charge of it has simply transferred the money to some company in Hong Kong, as reported by public broadcaster TV3 programme Nekā personīga. Six years ago, LDz signed a contract with private firm Composite…