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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn relation to the information Ir magazine published three weeks ago about the alleged EUR 1 million bribe offer to senior officer of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau’s Operational Juris Jurass, the prosecutor’s office plans to carry out an inspection, Ir magazine reported on Thursday.

As noted by the magazine, KNAB allegedly ignored Jurass’ announcement about being offered a bribe, and law enforcement authorities have been reluctant to take action. Jurass has not been invited to any law enforcement institution to provide explanations. This casts a shadow over KNAB and its head – Yaroslav Strelchenok. This is why on 25 July Jurass wrote an application to the prosecutor’s office about the possible turning of KNAB management against him in order to hide their own inaction.

Senior Prosecutor Ingemars Masalskis told journalists that the prosecutor’s office will check different applications related to this case, including the one submitted by Jurass. «An inspection has been launched. Everything will be reviewed as part of it,» – Masalskis said.

The magazine also reveals that the LDz bribery case, in which the bribe was supposedly offered to Jurass, was not the only one in recent years in which KNAB workers informed the management about bribes and received no response. «Two of my colleagues have also reported possible corruptive actions. These signals have received no response as well. At least none of my colleagues have been informed of any measures,» – said Jurass.

Ir has met with only one of those KNAB workers. «I had provided the report to our management personally,» – said one KNAB worker about the situation two years ago. «I found proof of one person’s possible plans to bribe a KNAB official. I immediately compiled a written report and submitted it to the bureau’s management, but there was no response,» – said the interviewed KNAB worker. KNAB Internal Security Office had not expressed any interest for the case. This is why the KNAB officer was basically forced to «perform informal measures to at the very least prevent the [bribery] attempt». This KNAB officer, like Jurass, is prepared to provide detailed information about this case to the prosecutor’s office.

When approached with this matter, KNAB did not provide any clear answers. Ir was declined having an interview to Strelchenok, who came back from his vacation this week. His deputy, Ilze Jurca, said: «Everything takes place in KNAB in accordance to the law. Information of this kind has to be assessed, and if a person has suspicions about the possible inaction of the institution’s management, this person should turn to the supervisory institution – the prosecutor’s office, not start a discussion in the media.»

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