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Latvian prosecutor confirms Osinovskis' suspect status in Magonis case

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOne of the richest people in Estonia, Oleg Osinovskis, has been made a suspect in the criminal case involving a bribe of EUR 500,000 being given to now the former head of Latvijas Dzelzceļš Ugis Magonis. This is confirmed by Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers.

In his interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT, Kalnmeiers confirmed that ‘certain restrictions’ have been applied to the aforementioned person.

As the investigation of this case is coming to a close, it is possible it could be submitted to the prosecutor’s office for launch of criminal prosecution at the end of January of beginning of February.

The Prosecutor General explained that the investigation of this case has been so long because of certain aspects of the investigation and involvement of experts. For example, the minimum amount of time required to carry out a detailed phonoscopic examination is six months.

All examinations in the investigation have been completed by now. There are still some witnesses who have not yet testified. Some of them have said they will only testify in the prosecutor’s office.

As it was previously announced in the media, Latvian law enforcement institutions believe Osinovskis had agreed to pay Magonis EUR 500,000 to ensure his company could sell four diesel locomotives to LDz. The total worth of the deal was EUR 8 million.

Information from Eesti Paevaleht stated that Magonis had initially requested EUR 800,000 from Osinovskis in exchange for the deal. Over the course of talks, however, this amount dropped to EUR 500,000.

Osinovskis’ lawyer, Saulvedis Varpins, had previously said a business deal took place between Magonis and his client. However, he said this deal had nothing to do with the LDz’s plans to procure diesel trains from Osinovskis’ owned company Skinest. Varpins confirmed that the amount of money paid in that deal was approximately EUR 500,000 but he refused to mention the name of the company involved in the deal.

Because Varpins has signed a non-disclosure agreement, only KNAB has the authority to provide comments about the investigation. Varpins has confirmed that his client has been interviewed by KNAB and that he continues to actively cooperate in the investigation. However, the lawyer said he is unable to comment on the question in regards to the status of his client in this criminal case.

KNAB spokesperson Laura Dusa refused to comment on this matter as well.

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