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Notorious TM Security changes management

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Head of the scandalous security company TM Security, Mareks Varnelis, has been replaced with Ainars Purins, who took the post on September 18.

The company is owned by the well-known Latvian businessman Martins Tenbergs.

SIA TM Security was founded back in 2008 and Tenbergs is its sole owner, according to data base

BNN already reported, TM Security attempted to force bankruptcy over Ventspils company Kalija Parks – one of the largest potassium fertilizer transit terminals in the world.

AS Kalija Parks has addressed the Constitutional Court with a request to review the Civil Procedure Law concerning its dispute with TM Security.

The dispute between the two companies is compared to the one Ventbunkers faced in 2010. In both cases, the war involves the notorious security company. The only difference – this time the “weapons” take the form of court proceedings, not armed take-over.

Last year, TM Security owner Tenbergs was trying to levy 2.09 million lats from Kalija Parks, resulting in the company’s insolvency announced on November 28. Two months earlier, on September 29, Kalija Parks had filed a claim at Kurzeme Regional Court, stating that TM Security and several other persons, including attorney Martins Kveps, are involved in extortion.

TM Security considers that AS Kalija Parks owes the company 20 431 lats for allegedly rendered services. It claims that AS Kalija Parks also has to pay a contractual penalty in the amount of 1.84 million lats. Representatives of the company call it extortion, because the services of TM Security were forced by the legally dubious contract, which on 24 April 2010 was prepared by Kveps. Back then, he pretended to be the representative of Kalija Parks majority shareholders.

In fact, the contract with TM Security was signed on 29 April 2010. It was in force for one day so that to affect the shareholders’ meeting which on that day took place, by not letting the change of authority in Kalija Parks fearing that the company could slip out from the hands of the so-called Aivars Lembergs’ (accused Latvian politician) opponents – Olafs Berkis and Olegs Stepanovs.

A similar situation was already experienced by AS Ventbunkers which TM Security after the loss of control continued to guard by means of force within a period of several months, not letting that new representatives of the majority shareholders enter the company.

According to informal information, Kalija Parks representatives have handed the law enforcement authorities a recording of a conversation with Tenbergs, which took place in one of the restaurants of Old Riga. In it he allegedly offers Kalija Parks to pay a compensation, which is ten times smaller than the amount the company attempted to recover later through the insolvency process. Aside from the amount, Tenbergs also wanted the company to “give him extra money for tea in an expensive hotel”.

The media have already previously reported Tenbergs’ attempts to gain politic influence. At first, he was associated with Zatlers Reform Party (now: Reform Party), but later with six independent MPs who have quit the party.

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