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CPCB performs searches in another Riga Regional Court judge's office

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Wednesday, November 12th, law enforcement authorities performed a search in the office of another judge of Riga Regional Court. Press-secretary Inta Šaboha has confirmed that the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has performed procedural activities in the offices of Judge Iveta Bērziņa and another judge.

The name of the other judge is not revealed and this judge has not been detained.

Bērziņa has been dismissed from her post. Šaboha had previously said that Riga Regional Court has received a report from CPCB that the Prosecutor General has launched a criminal process against the judge for possible criminal offences. The specific sections of the law were not mentioned, because it is in CPCB’s competence.

As previously reported, CPCB has restricted access to the office of Iveta Bērziņa earlier this week.

Based on available information, LTV allows that the search in the judge’s office could be related to her decision in the case involving a possible raiderism attempt with Royal Square Hotel in Old Riga.

According to CPCB press-representative Laura Dūša, CPCB will not provide any detailed information about any activities performed by the bureau at this time.

n 2013, she was the judge that reviewed the claim by former head of State Real Estate Agency Janis Motte against Justice Ministry for provision of a moral compensation. This claim also contained a request aimed against former owners of Parex Bank Viktor Krasovitskis and Georgy Krasovitskis.

Bērziņa had also worked at Jurmala Court. There she reviewed a criminal case in which former Mayor of Jurmala Juris Hlevickis had been accused of inaction.

Information regarding other judges’ potentially illegal activities had surfaced recently. Jurmala City Court Judge Tatjana Bormane has been dismissed based on suspicions of document falsification, as reported by Panorāma programme of LTV. According to information from Panorāma, two more former workers of Latvia’s court system may be involved in this case. The aforementioned falsification of documents may have ties to fictive employment contracts.

This case is being investigated by CPCB.


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  1. MBI says:

    This is good news!

    I was not aware, that there was also a raiderism attempt on the Royal Square Hotel.

    I have personally only been following the news coverage of the raiderism attempt on the Latvian companies of NP Foods and Laima, which was also reported on here on Baltic News Network recently.

    I wonder if these new investigations and searches also involve those raiderism attempts?

    It seems that these raiders are going after ”crown jewel” businesses like Laima and the Royal Square Hotel.

    The Mafia only wants the best of the best :-)

    This is alarming… but I am glad the authorities are being proactive and are going after the raiders/criminals and their accomplices i.e. corrupt judges, corrupt lawyers, etc.

    This is especially important since Latvia will soon head the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and like I mentioned before, this also boosts investor confidence and makes Latvia more attractive and secure for investment and business.

    Thank you very much!

    There is a good recent lecture by David Satter in which he also touches upon the topic of ”raiderism” and how ”Russian Mafia Raiderism” works, via minority shareholder infiltration, etc.:

    Since the spam filter does not let me post the video link here, just search on Youtube the term/title:

    ”Russia’s Looming Crisis”

    This is the description of the video lecture from Youtube:

    ” Published on Oct 31, 2014

    David Satter, a Russia scholar and former Moscow correspondent, is the author of three books on Russia and the Soviet Union. He is affiliated with the Hudson Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia and is an adviser to the Russian Service of Radio Liberty.

    He is the first American journalist to be kicked out of Russia since the Cold War.”

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