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CPCB requests permission to launch criminal prosecution of Bertolt Flick

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCorruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has requested permission from Prosecutor General’s Office to launch criminal prosecution of former head of airBaltic Bertolt Flick, according to LETA.

CPCB investigator requests to have Flick prosecuted on account of intentional actions in abuse of official position which led to severe consequences. The Criminal Law provides five years of prison or community service or fine along with restriction to take office for a period of up to five years.

It is stated in CPCB’s press announcement that there is enough evidence to assume that airBaltic official had intentionally cancelled multiple flights on September 12-13, 2011 in an attempt to influence the Cabinet of Ministers’ decisions in regard to increasing the airline’s capital.

CPCB investigator believes that this airBaltic official had intentionally abused the power granted to him by his position. These actions were not carried out in the interest of his represented company. By cancelling multiple flights, not only did this official ruin the airline’s international reputation but also caused considerable financial losses.

In accordance with the company’s submitted application, airBaltic is considered the victim in this criminal case. Therefore, a request to allocate a compensation of LVL 14,496 has been submitted.

As previously reported, airBaltic had cancelled four flights with for no reason in September 2011. These flights were scheduled to depart for Brussels, Berlin, Vilnius and Tallinn. The announcement of cancellation of these flights was given to the airport in the morning of September 12.

On the next day, airBaltic cancelled flights to five destinations – a total of 14 flights.

Latvia’s Transport Ministry noted that such action of airBaltic can be classified as intentional damage to the airline’s reputation. Because it caused considerable financial losses and reduced its total value.

Flick left his post at airBaltic that same autumn. He did so when it became apparent that airBaltic’s losses had reached record-high values. It was reported that the airline had LVL 77 million worth of losses in 2011.

A lawsuit was submitted to the court by airBaltic shortly thereafter, requesting compensation above LVL 20 million. Council Chairman of airBaltic Andris Liepiņš said this process was launched in regard to Flick’s intentional actions as the only Board member of airBaltic in regard to the signing of an unprofitable agreements and taking on fictive financial obligations.

The process was launched in regard to the spontaneous cancellation of flights, abuse of power, damaging manipulations with airBaltic’s brands, handing over of sensitive data regarding the airline and its employees to third parties on questionable terms and damaging the airline’s reputation.

In regard to Flick’s lawsuit against Latvijas Krājbanka and Transport Ministry, Riga Regional Court applied a temporary ruling, arresting shares in airBaltic owned by Latvia.

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