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KNAB finishes the queue-cutting criminal case featuring Belevics

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCorruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has finished the criminal process featuring former Healthcare Minister Guntis Belevics, the head doctor of Latvian Oncology Centre Viesturs Krumins and chairperson of Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital Anita Slokenberga, according to information from LETA.

The criminal case was launched to investigate a possible crime committed by Belevics. He was accused of cutting the patient queue at Latvian Oncology Centre. KNAB first announced this case on 2 August. No information was initially provided about any suspects.

KNAB had also performed an inspection. During this inspection, KNAB officials interviewed Belevics and Krumins. Authorities also inspected documents, which revealed that the minister did receive medical treatment at Adazi Private Clinic. Krumins was dismissed from his post, but was later reinstated. According to Slokenberga, the internal investigation revealed that Krumins had not complied with the hospital’s order for patient registration.

Belevics stepped down as healthcare minister at the beginning of June. The main reason was the scandal revolving around the surgery he received circumventing the official patient registration order. Belevics has also stepped down as Saeima deputy.

KNAB found out that Belevics received his surgery outside the established order at Latvian Oncology Centre and no payment was requested from him. Previously, however, Belevics denied receiving healthcare services from LOC. He claimed he had received his surgery at Adazi Private Clinic.

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