It is too soon to speak of any other potential suspects in the bribery case involving the now former Chief of LDz Ugis Magonis, notes Chief of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau Yaroslav Strelchenok.
In his interview to 900 seconds programme, Strelchenok reminded that this is a very complicated case, and that only ten work days have passed since the arrest and confiscation of evidence. This is why it is too soon to speak of the possibility of arresting other officials potentially involved in the case.
When asked about the time it may take the investigators to process the case and submit it to the prosecutor’s office, Strelchenok replied that the investigation depends on multiple factors. Nevertheless, he did confirm the previously reported news that Magonis was arrested for corruptive actions related to procurements.
Strelchenok did not provide any detailed information in regard to the core of the case and which what charges were presented to Magonis at the moment of his arrest.
As previously reported, Magonis was put under arrest on 8 August following a request from KNAB. The former official currently resides in Riga Central Prison.
As it is known, Magonis is 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 Oleg Osinovskis.
Osinovskis denies any signs of corruption present in the deal regarding the sale of locomotives to LDz, as reported by Delfi.lv.
According to Saulvedis Varpins, a lawyer who provides legal advice to Oleg Osinovskis, the deal that took place between his client and bribery accused former Chairman of Latvian Railway Ugis Magonis has nothing to do with the procurement of diesel trains from Skinest.
«My opinion as a lawyer is that the deal that took place between two individuals – Latvian citizen Magonis and Estonian citizen Osinovskis – was carried out in the interest of some third party – some company. This particular deal has nothing to do with diesel trains and it was not in carried out in the interest of Skinest,» – noted Varpins, who refrained from mentioning the name of the company and the total amount of money paid as part of the deal.
The lawyer has signed a document with Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau regarding non-disclosure of sensitive information. With that, he refrained from revealing the status of Osinovskis in Magonis’ case. He also did not say whether or not KNAB has interrogated the Estonian businessman yet. He did not comment the news reported by Estonian media regarding whether or not the bribe was handed to Magonis in Pernava during the meeting with Osinovskis.
Because of the ongoing investigation, KNAB does not reveal any detailed information on this matter.