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Chief of Customs Service Talis Kravalis is temporarily suspended

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian State Revenue Service’s Customs Service Chief Talis Kravalis has been temporarily suspended for the duration of an investigation. This order was signed by SRS Director General Inara Petersone, as reported by lsm.lv.

Petersone confirmed in an interview to Panorāma programme that a disciplinary case was launched against Kravalis on Thursday. This disciplinary case was launched in accordance with multiple episodes, including the episode on whether or not Latvia’s transit industry has adopted procedures introduced along with EU directive, which has been in force for a decade.

Petersone explains that she has gotten doubts about this only recently, because the EU directive has been adopted on paper apparently. The problem lies in its practical application, however.

The disciplinary case will also address Kravalis’ statements that allegedly «do not benefit SRS’ image», said Petersone. She did not mention the exact statements in question.

She did say she hopes Kravalis has not committed any intentional violations. «Anyone can make mistakes,» – she said. In order to examine episodes that have questionable character, a disciplinary case has been launched. There is no strict term for it. «We will see. Once we know all the details, Kravalis may be restored immediately or the responsible committee may look into alternative options,» – said Petersone.

Previously there was information that Latvia could potentially propose Kravalis for the post of Chief of Customs Service of Ukraine. Finance Minister Janis Reirs did say back then that this decision has no ties with revealed violations committed by customs officials. Finance Police has detained two high-rank Customs officials – Kravalis assistant Aivars Eglitis and head of the Transit Department Juris Azers. The two officials have been detained because they had revoked transit declarations not in accordance with regulations.

Kravalis has been in management of SRS Customs Service for five years. He played a major role in the criminal case against the former head of the Customs Criminal Office Vladimir Vaskevics.

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