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Deputy Chief of Latvia’s Public Order Police arrested after receiving major bribe

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUInternal Security Office has detained deputy chief of State Police’s Public Order Police administration Arvils Feierābends and Public Order Police inspector Ilmārs Plētiens. Feierābends’ case features a bribe of several thousand euros.

Responsibility of Artis Velss, Chief of Public Order Police, will also be investigated as part of this case.

Valters Murnieks, Chief of Internal Security Office, has reported that a criminal process in relation to bribery has been launched.

Murnieks has confirmed that all four people involved in this case, including both police officials, have been put under arrest. The two police officials are Arvils Feierābends and Ilmārs Plētiens. Murnieks refused to reveal the names of the other two people put under arrest.

Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis emphasized during a press-briefing that responsibility for this act falls on superiors, including Velss. Because of that, his possible involvement and responsibility will be carefully evaluated. The level of criminal liability and the extent of the possible punishment will be determined by the results of the investigation, added the minister.

Ints Kuzis, Chief of Latvian State Police, mentioned during the press-briefing that this bribery case is an emergency for the police force. The main objective of the police is to ensure public order and safety. Situations such as this do not contribute to this objective at all, said Kuzis. According to him, it is necessary to figure out the blank spots that caused this situation in the first place.

Kuzis noted that officials arrested in this case will be dismissed. He also mentioned that a disciplinary case has been launched as well.

«Unfortunately, the interior system has many problems, including funding. Nevertheless, it does not excuse dishonest behaviour,» – emphasized the minister.

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  1. Robert says:

    This guy sure looks like a crim. They should lock him up just on the way he looks.

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