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Krājbanka collapse: Antonov provides interesting information about Lembergs, Šķēle and Šlesers

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The police needed two years to determine those responsible for the collapse of Latvijas Krājbanka. The investigation is now over and all materials have been handed over to the prosecutor’s office to present charges to the owner of the bank Vladimir Antonov, Chairman of the bank’s Board Ivars Priedītis and other Board members.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCharges in regard to misappropriation of funds, support of misappropriation, misuse of power and violation of accounting regulations are to be presented against six persons, including Antonov and Priedītis. The prosecutor’s office received materials form the police on December 28, 2013, as reported by ‘Nekā personīga’ programme (Nothing personal) of TV3.

‘The prosecutor’s office has received materials of a specific criminal case from the State Police. The decision to launch criminal prosecution is currently being discussed,’ – says Prosecutor General Aiga Šenberga.

Investigators managed to acquire additional information from law enforcement authorities of Austria and Luxembourg. It was uncovered during the investigation that Antonov and Priedītis had transferred Krājbanka’s funds to banks in these countries.

The police had interrogated both Vladimir Antonov and his father Aleksandr Antonov in Riga and London several times. According to information available to the programme, investigators also received interesting information about the involvement of Andris Šķēle, Ainārs Šlesers and Aivars Lembergs in the lending of airBaltic, which was performed by Krājbanka.

‘Procedural actions in London have all been completed. Information has been provided on all questions that were presented at the time. There have been no additional requests for information for a long time,’ – says Vladimir Antonov’s lawyer Viesturs Zauls.

After the bank’s collapse, Antonov had publicly stated that he was forced to cheat. Because of the pressure coming from influential people in Latvia, the bank had to invest money in airBaltic. The banker was threatened that municipalities and Transport Ministry’s authorities would otherwise withdraw their deposits.

After the bank’s collapse, Vladimir and Aleksandr Antonov did everything they could to make sure Latvia’s authorities would not request a full withdrawal. They decided to cooperate with investigators and the bank’s administrators. Last summer, the ex-banker promised to return the money Raimonds Pauls had lost in the bank following its collapse. However, there has been no communication between the two recently.

The police have yet to receive a reply from authorities in Russia in regard to providing support in this case. If Russian authorities do reply, the information they can provide will be added to the case.

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