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Feierābends and Plētiens are released from detention

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Monday, 23 May, Riga City Northern District Court released Arvils Feierābends, who is a suspect in a bribery case of SP Public Order Police, from detention in the courtroom.

The arrest was applied to Feierābends on 16 March as a security measure.

The other suspect in the bribery case – Ilmārs Plētiens – was also released from detention in the courtroom along with Feierābends.

As previously reported, lawyer Saulvedis Vārpiņš had requested the Internal Security Office to release Feierābends from detention in the second half of April.

His client is held suspect of accepting a bribe of EUR 1,000 in exchange for a positive decision in exchange for a positive result in a weapons handling exam. Feierābends was the head of Weapons Handling Certification Commission. This commission consists of four members.

The lawyer explains that the document regarding the order to put the aforementioned person in detention mentions that Feierābends should be put in prison, «because as a man who is personally acquainted with individuals involved in the process, he could potentially influence testimonies. In addition, the court believes Feierābends’ relation to individuals involved in the criminal process still needs to be determined».

«If this relation to other people involved in the process has yet to be determined, what is the point of putting my client in detention at all?» – asks Vārpiņš.

The lawyer added that his client has been interrogated twice so far. No other investigative actions are performed with his involvement. This is why it is confusing as to why the investigation has been so passive lately.

Ints Kuzis, Chief of Latvian State Police, mentioned during a 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.

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