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Lembergs and Slesers did trade influence in wire-tapped telephone conversation

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWire-tapped telephone conversations between oligarchs reveal that it is possible that Aivars Lembergs has had a bone to pick with the long-standing CEO of Riga Freeport Leonid Loginov.

Ir magazine has published the transcript of the wire-tapped telephone conversation that had taken place in October 2010 between oligarchs well-known in Latvia in which they discussed plans to elect Andris Ameriks in the board of Riga Freeport by using support from Viesturs Silenieks.

Although it is hard to say for certain, Ir magazine notes the people talking are none other than Aivars and Ainars. It is also noted that there was a third person – a certain Viesturs.

The conversation between Aivars and Ainars mentions the plan to replace Loginov with Ameriks at Riga Freeport. Aivars mentions during the conversation that he first wishes to meet with Ameriks. Ainars then informs Viesturs of support in favour of Ameriks.

A bit further in the telephone conversation Aivars and Ainars mention that the situation is not as simple as it seems and that it is possible to ‘avoid touching Loginov‘. The conversation also lightly touches the topic of trading influence in less-important companies like Rīgas ūdens or Getliņi. It is also mentioned that Loginov’s matter is secondary. «Loginov – it was like choosing between two shits,» – said one of the oligarchs. The two men nonetheless agreed on supporting Andris.

Also in this telephone conversation Aivars told Ainars that he has a bone to pick with Loginovs. He also mentioned how offended he was with Loginovs’ statements during the pre-election period.

As previously reported, KNAB investigator called to have one of the persons to be prosecuted for avoiding submission of income declaration, illegal participation in monetary transactions and trading influence. The other person was requested to be criminally prosecuted for trading influence. According to information from LETA, the two individuals in question are none other than Lembergs and Slesers.

Nevertheless, prosecutor Maris Leja has decided to end the criminal process against Lembergs. This is because investigators found no evidence to support claims he has traded influence in the aforementioned criminal case. This decision has also been made in relation to Slesers, as confirmed by Aiga Eiduka, prosecutor’s press-secretary.

According to the investigation’s assumption, Slesers, interested in having Andris Ameriks become Chairman of Riga Freeport, offered Lembergs in 2010 to sign a contract between Riga Freeport and Mediju Nams. In exchange, Slesers asked Lembergs to use his status and illegally influence officials, specifically Riga Freeport Deputy Chairman Viesturs Silenieks, in order to elect Ameriks in the post of Chairman of Riga Freeport on 7 October 2010. Lembergs agreed and influenced Viesturs Silenieks, according to the investigator.

Unfortunately, the investigation failed to find evidence to prove Slesers had asked Lembergs to influence Silenieks. Nor is there any evidence to suggest Lembergs had received anything from Slesers in return, as noted by the prosecutor’s office.

The investigation has exhausted all other methods of obtaining proof to back up the investigation’s assumptions. With that, there is no basis for the investigation to continue this criminal process. This particular section of the criminal process will be concluded, as stated by the prosecutor’s office.

The remaining part of the criminal process – avoidance of submitting a declaration and illegal participation in monetary deals – will be returned to KNAB for further investigation, as there is currently no basis for criminal prosecution of suspects in accordance with those crimes.


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