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Former LDz manager Magonis’ bribe case is submitted to court

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe Prosecutor General’s Office has submitted to court the criminal case in which formed chairman of LDz Ugis Magonis and Estonian millionaire Oleg Osinovskis are accused of bribery.

Kristine Sutugina, press secretary to the Prosecutor General’s Office, informed without mentioning the names of the accused that the prosecutor responsible for the case has submitted a case to Riga City Latgale Suburb Court. In this case one state official is accused of accepting a bribe and a private person is accused of giving it.

The former chairman of LDz is accused of accepting a bribe of EUR 499,500 from a private person in relation to LDz subsidiary LDz Rolling Stock Service organized tendering procedure.

The private person is accused of offering a EUR 500,000 bribe and giving EUR 499,500 to the aforementioned official in exchange for a favourable outcome in the tendering procedure.

As part of the criminal case, it is also possible the matter of forced influence measure application on a legal person will be decided as well, Sutugina said.

No more detailed information about the case is provided at this time.

Ugis Magonis was dismissed as the head of LDz after KNAB caught him for bribery. Magonis was put under arrest on 8 August 2015. He was later released on bail of EUR 400,000.

Before its submission to court, the case was being investigated by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

Two more criminal processes have been launched in relation to Magonis’ case. Both are being investigated by KNAB and Security Police.

The now former head of KNAB Operative Investigations Department Juris Jurašs had previously mentioned being offered a bribe to reclassify Magonis and Osinovskis case from bribery to trade of influence, because the law provides more lenient punishment.

Jurass claims he had informed KNAB and prosecutor’s office of the bribery attempt. Jurass claimed no reaction followed from authorities. Because of that, Jurass decided to publicly disclose information about the bribery attempt using mass media – Ir magazine and Latvian television. In accordance with the law, Jurass, being the head of the Operative Investigations Department, could not commence a criminal process on his own – the case had to be organized by Strelchenok.

It is currently known that KNAB commenced a criminal process in relation to the bribery attempt and interrogated Jurass in February.

In a different criminal process, Security Police assesses Jurass’ behaviour deciding to disclose information to the public. Jurass believes that no official secrets had been disclosed to journalists.


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