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Authorities identify multiple suspects in Skonto stadium sale’s criminal case

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThere are multiple suspects in the criminal process launched for the Skonto stadium’s sale, as reported by De Facto programme.

One of them is Estonian citizen Alans Selters. Seats and other property were transported away from the stadium in his interest in recent weeks, putting at risk Latvia – Portugal match.

De Facto reminds that the new investor bought the stadium through a mediator two and a half years ago. The mediator – SSA – was previously owned by former soccer player Vladimir Kolesnicenko and Estonian citizen Alans Selters. But at the end of the deal, the new owners felt robbed – Kolesnicenko’s and Selters’ firm bought the stadium at an auction for EUR 13 million, but was sold to the investor for EUR 35 million.

De Facto is aware that the investor was shown an estimate from Latio. The price mentioned in it is larger than what was paid at Reverta’s auction. The State Police has taken notice of that. A search has been performed in the office of Latio. Edgars Sins, chairman of the board of Latio, explained in an interview to LTV that the company assessed the value of the land without structures: «We evaluated it freely without any difficulties. Our evaluation was intended for the Enterprises Registry. It was not for third persons or a business document».

LTV reminds that mediators Kolesnicenko and Selters were not picked randomly. Kolesnicenko is known as the business partner to the president of Latvian Football Federation Guntis Indriksons. His and Selters’ owned firm is registered in the same place as Indriksons’ office. The football functionary denies any relation to Selters. «Listen, I’ve not been anywhere close there, nor do I know anything about it. I don’t know much about this case,» Indriksons told De Facto.

The programme reports that another one of Alans Selters’ companies – Light – had procured the stadium’s merchandise that was put up for auction in Skonot’s insolvency process. The list is long – a tractor, lawn cleaner, ground heating device, gates, barriers, electronic scoreboard, and even a moss rake (whose value was estimated at LVL 0.60 at the time of the auction). In spite of the fact that some equipment, such as watering system, which is buried under the stadium’s field, can be considered part of the stadium, it was auctioned separately. This is because they were once pledged to the bank by the stadium’s owners, De Facto continues.

Light has accomplished freezing of assets in court, but Judge Ina Baiko of Riga City Vidzeme District Court explains that it was a temporary solution – for the duration of the dispute regarding the ownership of the merchandise, and to prevent the dismantling of the stadium. ‘He [court bailiff Martins Eglitis] could have decided to keep this property as it was and hand it over for storage to the stadium or Adventika Group’s official. Everything stays in one place and matches go as planned. We never thought the bailiff would pick such a solution.’

Following complaints from the stadium’s owners, Eglitis was suspended from work.


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