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Former head of LDz is delivered to Riga Central Prison

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe now dismissed Chairman of LDz Ugis Magonis, who is suspected of accepting a large bribe, has been delivered to Riga Central Prison.

Magonis was detained by KNAB last Thursday. On Saturday Riga District Court applied a security measure – an arrest. KNAB does not have its own detention cells. Usually suspects are put in State Police Detention Complex in Ciekurkalns for the first day.

According to information from the Prison Administration, the now former official was delivered to Riga Central Prison on Monday. Magonis is alone in his cell. Prison Administration says this is normal practice – people arrested for the first time are separated from other ‘guests’.

In spite of his status, the Prison Administration treats Magonis as any common inmate. No additional security is provided for him personally. He is guarded as any other inmate.

Riga Central Prison is the largest one in Latvia. This particular prison has seen many corrupt officials back it is day: all kinds of officials, mayors, deputies, customs officers, an interior minister and Riga City Council officials. KNAB had once chosen this prison as the opening location for its social anti-corruption campaign. The prison’s administration had even organized a special seminar for employees of state institutions titled «Consequences of corruption: punishment inevitability and value of freedom».

Rules that govern measures of arrest state Magonis has the right to receive money transfer, procure food in the prison’s shop, go on walks, write letters and use the prison’s phone at least once a week. He is also allowed to meet with relatives and other people at least once a month.

Magonis also has the right to appeal the ruling of Riga District Court within seven days’ time in Riga Regional Court. No complaints have been received so far.

Magonis may have received the bribe in Pernava, according to Estonian media with reference to information from investigators.

Multiple sources in Estonian law enforcement institutions have revealed to Postimees that Magonis had personally travelled to Estonia to meet with the owner of Skinest, Oleg Osinovski. Investigators believe the bribe was handed during that meeting in Pernava.

According to Aripaev newspaper, Estonian Security Police had carried out a search in Osinovskis’ office in Tallinn following a request from Latvian prosecutor’s office.

As it is known, Magonis is possibly held suspect for accepting a bribe worth nearly half a million euros in a recent procurement deal carried out by LDz’s subsidiary LDz ritošā sastāva serviss – the purchase of four diesel locomotives from Skinest, a company owned by Estonian millionaire Osinovskis.

Osinovskis denies any signs of corruption present in the deal regarding the sale of locomotives to LDz, as reported by Delfi.ee.

Because of the ongoing investigation, KNAB does not reveal any detailed information on this matter.

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