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No correlation found in vote-buying cases involving Dzintars Zakis

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAlthough the scheme and bribe sizes used in all cases are similar, authorities found no correlation among criminal cases launched in relation to vote-buying in favour of Dzintars Zakis.

What happened last autumn in Latgale during Saeima elections made people believe there was an organized vote-buying campaign realized in favour of Unity candidate Dzintars Zakis. Three of those cases are in court and one more is still being investigated. There are a total of nine accused people, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

In spite of similarly used schemes, sums and one Saeima deputy in whose favour votes were bought, there is no correlation among these cases. Authorities tried to find any ties but failed to find any proof.

Latgale Court region prosecutor Peteris Rutkoviskis says: ‘No correlation was found during the investigation process. Cases will be submitted to the court separately.’

The case currently the closest to the end of its investigation is the one in which the accused is none other than Zakis’ friend, Andris Kozulis and his former employee Andrei Sackovskis.

This week, prosecutor Rutkovskis submitted documents to the court that prove Zakis and Kozulis have been contacting one another very often recently. It is interesting that Kozulis has also been in close contact with the organizer of Zakis’ individual campaign, Karlis Gudonis. Prior to the court, however, Kozulis denied ever meeting that person.

Zakis had previously said in court that he contacts Kozulis approximately twice a week. Evidence found during the investigation shows that the two people contacted each other multiple times every day during the election.

Zakis, on the other hand says, 61 calls in the past one and a half months is nothing much. ‘I contact the minister even more often. I contact my home five times a day. It’s normal; I spend a lot of time with my colleagues.’

What is interesting is that word about these calls spread during a different investigation, which could means authorities do not pay attention to these people’s possible involvement in other cases.

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