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Bail for Magonis’ release from prison has been paid

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURiga City Vidzeme District Court has received documents that prove the EUR 400,000 bail to secure the release of bribery accused Ugis Magonis from prison has been paid, as reported by the court.

This means Magonis will be released from Riga Central Prison on Monday, 12 October.

Magonis’ lawyer Janis Rozenbergs has confirmed that the money has been paid by Magonis’ wife, who has borrowed the money from multiple people. The lawyer refused to mention any names.

Last Thursday, the court decided to allow Magonis’ release from prison in exchange for EUR 400,000. It was agreed that Magonis would be released only after the money has been transferred.

Shortly after his arrest, Magonis’ defence requested him to be released in exchange for EUR 200,000 bail. The court refused and Magonis was put under arrest. Recently Magonis’ defence tried offering this option to KNAB, but the offer was refused. The aforementioned bail amount was also mentioned in Magonis’ lawyers’ request submitted to Riga City Vidzeme District Court.

Last week, KNAB stated that Magonis should remain under arrest. However, in the event that the court would consider releasing him in exchange for bail, KNAB suggested setting the amount at EUR 1 million, as previously told to journalists by Rozenbergs.

As it is known, on 8 August Riga Regional Court applied ordered Magonis to be put under arrest following a request from KNAB. The now former Chief of LDz currently stays in Riga Central Prison.

As it is known, Magonis is held suspect for accepting a bribe worth nearly half a million euros in a recent procurement deal carried out by LDz’s subsidiary LDz ritošā sastāva serviss – the purchase of four diesel locomotives from Skinest, a company owned by Estonian millionaire Oleg Osinovskis. The latter denies any signs of corruption present in the deal regarding the sale of locomotives to LDz.

Magonis leaves Riga Central Prison without answering journalists’ questions:


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