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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA criminal process has been launched in relation to information published by Ir magazine about a bribe of EUR 1 million offered to head of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau’s Operative Investigations Department Juris Jurass. However, this criminal case was not launched in order to investigate the possible negligence of KNAB management in this matter but rather to investigate Jurass’ behaviour in publicly disclosing this information.

As it is known, the bribe was offered to Jurass last October. He had officially informed the management of KNAB about this, but no action followed, Ir writes.

As Ir was told by the prosecutor’s office, on 29 July the Prosecutor General launched a criminal process in accordance with Section 94 of the Criminal Law – intentional disclosure of state secrets. «In the interest of the investigation, no additional information will be provided. This criminal process has been handed to Security Police for investigation,» – as the prosecutor’s office stated.

Security Police told Ir that a launched criminal process has been received by the institution from the Prosecutor General’s office. Considering that materials of the case are secret, SP also refrained from providing any comments.

Jurass has told Ir that this criminal process is absurd. He believes it is the reaction of KNAB and the Prosecutor General’s office to his decision to publicly disclose information about the bribe and negligence of officials in regards to taking any action in relation to the bribe offer. He believes both state institutions actively look for pretexts to turn against whistleblowers and demonstrate «yet another legislative masterpiece and a lesson in interpretation of the law» to justify their lasting negligence.

«I am confident I have not breached the law,» – Jurass said.

«What is happening now reminds me of Russia and other totalitarian countries, in which people who point out acts of corruption and illegal actions performed by state officials are persecuted to silence, intimidate and discourage other potential whistleblowers from doing the same,» – said Jurass.

Jurass emphasizes – one month has passed since the public announcement. He has turned with an official application to the prosecutor’s office. «Unfortunately, I’ve yet to receive any information that would suggest a criminal process has been launched to investigate the bribe offer. It is hard to imagine what else I have to do to ensure an investigation and that the information reported by me is not ignored.»

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