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Two officials of OCM are suspected in taking bribes

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Аuthor: Edijs Pālens/LETAThe Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB) has turned to the Prosecutor General’s office with a request to initiate criminal proceedings against two officials of the Office of Citizenship and Migration (OCM) and three representatives of economic associations for accepting bribes in exchange for receiving residence permits.

The evidence uncovered during investigations give CPCB investigators ample reason to believe that one OCM official had requested and then repeatedly accepted bribes along with another OCM official for a total amount of 620 for specific actions or inaction in the interest of six foreign citizens, CPCB reports.

The investigation provided plenty of proof to believe the two officials as representatives of some legal person had repeatedly given an official of CPCB bribes for collaborating in the interests of some third party. This allowed for speedy reviews of some matters, which may have ignored some, if not all, requirements of the law for the issue of residence permits and ID cards for foreigners. After having uncovered the conditions of the possible crime and the status of the involved officials, the CPCB investigator had initiated proceedings against the legal persons as well.

The CPCB investigator also requested to have both OCM officials be brought to justice as well for accepting bribes.

At the same time, the CPCB reminds that no person shall be considered guilty until his guilt is proved in the manner provided in the Criminal Law.


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