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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has prohibited the former head of LDz Ugis Magonis, who has been recently released from prison, from leaving the country, take the post of Chairman of LDZ and meet with certain people, as confirmed by Magonis lawyer Janis Rozenbergs.

The lawyer did not mention the names of people Magonis has been prohibited to meet with. He only said that KNAB will definitely invite Magonis for additional interrogation.

Magonis refused to testify while he remained in prison. Rozenbergs did not exclude the possibility that Magonis could change his position after his release from prison.

When asked whether Magonis could try to avoid the investigation and attempt to leave the country in spite of the court’s order, the lawyer said: «I believe he will not try to run anywhere. I very much doubt he wants to spend the rest of his life somewhere in the Ural Mountains or the like. We will not turn and look the problem [incriminated crime] in the eye and try to resolve it».

BNN had previusly reported that, Riga City Vidzeme District Court has decided to permit Magonis’ release from prison in exchange for bail – EUR 400,000. On Monday, 12 October, Magonis was released from prison. According to Rozenbergs, the money necessary to secure his release was paid by his wife, who had borrowed it from multiple people.

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.

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.

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