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Jurass plans to turn to prosecutor’s office in relation to bribe offer

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFormer chief of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau’s Operative Investigations Department Juris Jurass plans to the turn to the prosecutor’s office with a request to launch an investigation of the bribe offer he received while investigating the so-called Magonis’ criminal case.

Jurass claims he was offered a bribe of EUR 1 million in exchange for re-classifying the criminal process involving the former head of LDz Ugis Magonis and Estonian businessman Oleg Osinovskis from bribery to trade of influence.

He had informed Chief of KNAB Yaroslav Strelchenok of the bribe attempt one year ago. However, Strelchenok had taken no action to investigate the case. The prosecutor’s office was informed verbally of this later. General Prosecutor Eriks Kalnmeiers was informed as well. But no action followed, Jurass said.

This July, Jurass told Ir magazine of the attempted bribe. As Jurass told LETA, as far as he is aware, there is still no criminal process launched on this case.

«I am preparing to turn to the prosecutor’s office to report the crime I had told KNAB about not too long ago. I will ask the prosecutor to check the report and perform a proper criminal investigation,» – Jurass said.

On 15 July, the prosecutor general announced that «a competent institution» will perform an assessment of Jurass’ claims in regards to being offered a bribe.

TV3 programme Nekā personīga reported on Sunday that Jurass was offered a bribe by Janis Dambitis once an advisor to Finance Minister Janis Reirs in Laimdota Straujuma’s government and Jurass former course mate. Dambitis categorically denies doing that.

Jurass told LETA that he never mentioned and does not wish to mention any names publicly. This is why he decided not to comment the mention of his former course mate.

Osinovskis’ and Magonis’ lawyers Saulvedis Varpins and Janis Rozenbergs told LETA that their clients have not been interviewed in relation to Jurass claims regarding the bribe offer.

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