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Prosecutor asks for actual prison sentence in one of Latvenergo’s bribery cases

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn one of the several Latvenergo bribery cases, prosecutor Maris Leja has asked the court to sentence the accused – former Latvenergo Vice-President Aigars Melko, forcer Technical Director Gunars Cvetkovs and Manager of Energy Consulting Andrejs Livanovics – to actual prison sentences.

On 27 August, Leja started and concluded his debate speech in court, asking the court to sentence Melko to five years and six months of prison with an added measure to prohibit him from taking posts in management of state and municipal capital enterprises. The prosecution has asked the court to sentence Cvetkovs to five years in prison with an added measure of prohibiting him to take important posts for four years. For Livanivics, the prosecutor has asked for a five-year prison sentence without any additional measures.

Leja has also asked the court to fine Melko and Cvetkov EUR 480,600 and another EUR 608,000 to Livanovics’ company Energy Consulting. The prosecutor has also asked for a separate case for witness, then an official of Alstom Latvia Juris Lace for providing false testimony.

The prosecutor mentioned in his speech that there are multiple pieces of evidence in this case that prove the consultation agreement was at least partially fictive. There is also testimony and e-mail correspondence that prove there had been no actual consultations.

In his speech, Leja focused a lot on a table assessment found among Livanovics’ possessions. This table is one of the main pieces of evidence – it is a table that shows the use of the money received from the consultation contract. According to this table, a small reward was given to Livanovics’ Energy Consulting. Most of the money was given to people marked as GC and AM. According to Livanovics’ testimony, this table was drawn to see the whole picture with money flow in the project ‘For reconstruction of Plavini hydro-electric station’s machineries Nr. 4, 5 and 7’.

In his testimony, Livanovics denied that the money received by Energy Consulting was meant to be handed over to Latvenergo officials. He also added that ‘AM’ does not imply Melko. Leja stated in his speech that Livanovics provided mutually exclusive testimonies at different stages of the investigations. According to the prosecutor, Livanovics could not even explain his version of how events transpired in multiple stages of the investigation.

The prosecutor had also cited the conversation between Livanovics and Cvetkovs, in which the two tried to organize a meeting in order to hand over an envelope and discuss the option of using other forms of communication in order to avoid eavesdropping. According to Livanovics’ testimony, the envelope contained documents, not money.

The prosecutor read official accusations on 21 October 2013. The accused do not admit their guilt.

According to the prosecution, the bribery took place between 1 August 2007 and 15 June 2010. The bribe was given in order to make sure the offer of Alstom Power Sweden AB would win in the procurement launched by Latvenergo for the reconstruction of machinery of Plavini hydro-electric station. The prosecution believes the bribe was handed in order to acquire good standing with Latvenergo officials. The size of the bribe was EUR 627,100.

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