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Three arrested for attacking Kazocins do not admit their guilt

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMen arrested in suspicion of assaulting the former head of the Latvian Constitution Protection Bureau Janis Kazocins last yeas do not admit their guilt, as stated by their lawyer Olita Kauce.

One of the men is accused of organizing the crime and the others are accused of carrying it out. After the attack, the police announced that a criminal process was launched in relation to hooliganism and causing minor injuries. According to the lawyer, however, now the men are accused of an attempt to cause serious injuries even though Kazocins received only minor injuries.

This means the men could be sentenced to a prison sentence from three to fifteen years.

Although Latvian State Police had publicly announced this week that the three men have prior criminal record, the lawyer claims two of them have never been tried before. «They are average people – with jobs, family and children. Police always say they had their eyes on someone. We all have are positive and negative sides, but that doesn’t mean my clients are hardcore criminals,» – said the lawyer.

None of the lawyers’ clients admit their guilt. They claim they had never seen the former director of SAB. «They categorically deny their guilt. These men are prepared to work with the investigation. Unfortunately, we are denied everything, because the situation is part of official secrets. My clients are prepared to undergo any investigation procedures police have to carry out. But what we don’t have is any kind of information as to why one of my clients had to organize the crime and others had to carry out the plan. There is no justifiable reason why this opinion even exists,» – said the lawyer.

The lawyer also says police have organized a meeting between the victim and the supposed criminals. However, there is no clarity as to how this process will be carried out.

When asked if her clients have alibi, the lawyer said it is unlikely any of them will be able to recall exactly what they were doing on 22 January 2014. «If there was an alibi, police would cast suspicion that that person had previously planned out the crime in advance,» – said Kauce.

Riga City Northern District Court has decided to put all three suspects under arrest. The court explained its decision by saying that those men may potentially coordinate their actions and hinder the investigation if left free.

As previously reported, Kazocins was attacked on 22 January 2014. It was reported that there were at least two assailants and that they had used a gas can. Injuries Kazocins received as a result of this attack were classified as minor.


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