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Criminal proceedings initiated following searches in RCC Transport Department

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Аuthor: Ieva Čīka/LETAThe search that was carried out by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau on May 16 at the Transport Departments of Riga City Council is linked to the passenger carrying services in the capital.

As reported by CPCB’s representative Inta Saboha, investigators have suspicions that, in exchange for a beneficial decision, some TD official requested that some association performs regular payments as a form of bribe.

There are two suspects – the official (for requesting a bribe) and a private person (for supporting it). Both have been arrested and are currently being kept under guard. As additional security measures, the official was also presented with restrictions to carry out his duties.

Saboha has confirmed that CPCB operatives performed searches at the Transport Department of Riga City Council this Thursday. She added that Riga City Council representatives were informed about the justification of the procedures.

Saboha said that no further information will be reported in the interest of the investigation.

Communication specialist of the Transport Department Una Ahuna-Ozola notes that the department received the announcement from CPCB. However, no official information was received from the bureau in regard to the name of the official held suspect. “We can only assume at this point. We do not know who is prohibited from performing his or her duties”. She added that operatives of the bureau also took some documents during the search.

According to unofficial information from LTV, the search is related to the Transport Department’s Control Service’s monitoring of taxis and shuttle buses.

One of the most massive procurement projects to be carried out lately in regard to passenger carrying services was Rigas satiksme‘s announced shuttle bus contest. The winner of the contest was Rīgas mikroautobusu satiksme, once related to an associate of the Honour to Serve Riga party Aleksandr Brandava. This company was also the one to install the E-talons system in Latvian public transport.

Last week, the CPCB reported that the bureau did not see a conflict of interests in regard to this contest.

This is the second time in the last one and a half years when the activities of the Transport Department’s activities caught the attention of the CPCB. In February, 2012, the CPCB had initiated criminal proceedings against officials of Riga municipality for taking bribes. Pre-court investigations revealed that officials of the service had been continuously accepting bribes from passenger carriers, so that they [officials] would not perform their control duties properly – not register different violations and not apply penalties for them.

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