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Septiņi gadi un 19 apsūdzētie: 'digitālgeitā' pasludina spriedumu (video tiešraide)

Twelve persons out of nineteen have been found guilty in digital television criminal case after the decision of Riga Regional Court judge who began to revise the case on the 28th of August 2008. Seven of them have been sentenced with imprisonment and six fined. The digital television criminal case was related to the Digital Radio and Television Center of Latvia (DLRTC) and Kempmayer Media Limited daughter' s firm Kempmayer Media Latvia agreement which prevented a number of stages for the implementation of digital television and delivery of different specific hardware for digital broadcasting. The total costs of the project were estimated in many tens of millions of lats. The criminal case was investigated and prosecuted by the Criminal Law Article 317 of exceeding the official authority, by Article 319 of public officials inaction, Article 177 of fraud and Article 195 of the laundering of criminal money. In this criminal case by the Criminal Law Article 177 of fraud in large scale accused and sentenced with inprisonment of three years Harijs Krongorns worked at former's Prime Minister's Andris Šķēle family firm "Company guidance and consulting" as financial consultant. Also, the former chief Jurģis Liepnieks of Bureau of Andris Šķēle was adjudged guilty with 72 000 euros fine of involvement in fraud of a large scale and money laundering. Former General director of Digital Radio and Television Centre of Latvia Guntars Spunde was sentenced with one year in prison and fined of 28 800 euros. The Court found guilty the former chairperson of the board of "The Independent Television of Latvia" Andrejs Ēķis in participation of a large-scale fraud and fined him with 43 200 euros.The final penalty of two years in prison and fine of 36 000 euros was also set to the lawyer Jānis Loze for the involvement in the large-scale fraud and money laundering. Tax consultant Uldis Kokins was also sentenced about the same infringememnts with inprisonment of two years and fine of 18 000 euros. Former "Kempmayer Media Latvia" board members Andrejs Zabeckis, Jānis Zips and Jānis Svārpstons were also sentenced with inprisonment and fined in large-scale fraud and money laundering and also in exceeding official authority based on previous agreement. The former public trustee Adrians Boldans of Radio and Television Centre of the State of Latvia (LVRTC) was fined with 18 000 euros - he was found guilty of public officials inactivity in cases where a public official has been mencenary intentions. Also for the same infringements other former public trustees of LVRTC Didzis Jonovs and Ojārs Rubenis were fined of 18 000 euros. Former Chairman of the Board of LVRTC Māris Pauders, who previously had got mentally ill, exempted from criminal liability. The Regional Court of Riga justified two former board members of DLRTC Jānis Plūme and Alfrēds Janevics and a person related to politician Vilis Krištopāns - a former employee of his firm Gints Bandēns. Former board member of "Kempmayer Media Latvia" Juris Ulmanis and lawyer Mārtiņš Kvēps were also justified.

KNAB investigations on LNK Industries

In June 2016 the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) of Latvia together with the Special Investigation Service of Lithuania (STT) arrested and later released the "Latvijas Tilti" Chairman of the Board Mr. Genadijs Kamkalovs and several employees of "LNK Industries". The arrested persons were suspected of bribery and misuse of public position.

'LNK Industries': KNAB izmeklēšana saistīta ar Rīgas domes iepirkumu

A Board member from "LNK Industries" Mr.Davids Lipkins approved that the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) has investigated his employees in connection with the Riga City Council procurement on additional works on one of the Riga bridges - Salu tilts. He denied the possibility that the employees of "LNK Industries" could have been involved in bribing.
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No aizturēšanas vietas atbrīvots «Latvijas tiltu» vadītājs un «LNK Industries» darbinieki

The Special Investigation Service of Lithuania (STT) has released the Chairman of the Board of "Latvijas tilti" Mr.Genadijs Kamkalovs and the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau of Latvia (KNAB) has released all "LNK Industries" employees that have been previously arrested. Investigations against the employees of the "LNK Industries" were started due to suspicion of bribery during one of the construction procurements at the Riga City Council involving reconstruction work on one of the city's bridges.
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Abramovs atsaukts no «Rīgas Centrāltirgus» valdes

The Chairman of the Board of the joint stock company "Riga Central Market" Mr.Anatolijs Abramovs who was previously suspended from his position has also been removed from the company's Board on 15th June 2016. Mr.Abramov was arrested on 17th June 2016 within the criminal proceedings started by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau. A security measure not related to deprivation of liberty has been applied. He is accused of bribery among other things (it is possible that he accepted a bribe from "Dezinfa" Ltd. in return of preparation of such technical specifications that secured the company a victory in the procurement procedure).
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Bijušais Rīgas Centrāltirgus vadītājs figurē jaunā lietā par kukuļņemšanu

The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) launched criminal proceedings in May 2016 against one of the officials from the Riga Central Market for possible bribery and a security measure has been applied. The name of the official hasn't been revealed by KNAB, however, the lawyer of the former Chairman of the Board at the Riga Central Market has approved that his client Mr. Anatolijs Abramovs was arrested. Mr. Abramovs has been suspended from his position and was removed from the Board of the Riga Central Market on 15th June 2016.
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Bribery at Riga City Council

In one of the ambitious scandal related to corruption three former local authorities of Riga City Council were sentenced with imprisonment and few other with fine. The group of local authorities is sentenced about taking bribes by prior agreement, but individuals about giving bribes during the period from year 2005 to 2008 for various interests of construction implementation.

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Stājies spēkā 56 914 eiro naudas sods Vilkastei vērienīgajā Rīgas domes kukuļošanas lietā

The Supreme Court uphold the judgement of first instance District Court in the ambitious bribery Riga City Council case of local authorities in which entrepreneur Ināra Vilkaste was sentenced with 56 914 euros fine. The judgement can not be appealed. The case had five episodes in total and four were related to demanding and accepting bribes for implementation of different construction intentions. As cited in the indictment, Vilkaste was involved in one of them in which former authorities of Riga City Council Department of City Development director Vilnis Štrams, his deputies Pēteris Strancis and Raimonds Janita agreed to request bribe of one million euros from Vilkaste in order to change the spatial plan and regulations of construction in accordance with her interests of the property in Mežaparks, Rusova iela 1. The indictment considered that Vilkaste had an interest in obtaining right to build construction in Rusova iela with a larger number of floors than it was initially planned according to building regulations. Two days after the regulations of zoning had been changed and multi-storey building allowed, Vilkaste sold the property for 45 million euros.
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KNAB administratīvi soda deviņus Smiltenes domes deputātus

The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has fined nine municipal authorities of Smiltene including the chairperson of Smiltene, each with 70 EUR administrative fine. They had violated law regarding conflict of interest prevention set limits in activities of officials exercising within the public person's property of institution. The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau recognized that authorities had violated the law with negligence that softened the amount of fine.
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KNAB administratīvi sodījis deviņus Ropažu novada domes deputātus

The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has fined nine members of local authority of Ropazi with an 80 EUR administrative fine. The members had a conflict of interest and did not follow the law while voting for a disposal of a municipal property.
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