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Kaposts was given a bribe to spring out some ‘drunk driver’

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe bribery case that involves Andis Kaposts is linked to attempts to save some driver from suffering a real punishment for drunk driving some years back.

The EUR 5,000 bribe that never achieved its objective – the person who gave the bribe to Kaposts turned out to be an old acquaintance and his fellow countryman, who had turned to law enforcement authorities because he felt cheated, as reported by Pietiek.com with reference to an ongoing investigation by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

The fact that the bribe was given to him by an old acquaintance is the only thing once a deputy of two Saeima’s Kaposts confirmed in his phone conversation with Pietiek. Saying only ‘what’s done is done’ and ‘investigators hold all the information’ Kaposts did not answer if he had attempted to forward the bribe to some other state official or not. He also did not say what he had done with the EUR 5,000. When asked if he could return the money he had taken from his countryman, Kaposts only said ‘only if it is, indeed, his money’.

Sources informed about the mediator of the ‘deal’ describe him as ‘a working man of pre-pension age, resident of Cesis’, who had gotten rid of all of his life savings in order to afford the bribe. Kaposts and the mediator of the bribe – both from Cesis – had met during the Soviet times. Although the two had developed trusting relationships, the mediator now feels cheated, which he told investigators. According to officially unconfirmed information, the bribe was given to Kaposts this winter, at least one month prior to the mediator’s decision to turn to law enforcement authorities.

The goal of the EUR 5,000 was apparently to spring out some man who was caught for drunk driving some years ago. Instead of carrying his punishment – community service – the man had left to work in the UK. In November 2010 Cesis City Court had acquired a European arrest warrant so that this person would be handed over to Latvia. According to the mediator, Kaposts had told him that the goal of the bribe was to achieve that man’s pardon prior to his deportation to Latvia.

Kaposts refused to comment if he believed that to be legally possible and whether or not he had taken the bribe for himself as payment for his own involvement.

According to the portal’s information, the person in question has been handed over to Latvia and is currently serving his punishment, which could end this autumn. The person in whose interest this odd bribery case began did not want to leave the UK – he has a family and job there.

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