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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Security Police have decided to hold at least two former members of the management Board of Riga International Airport – Andis Damlics and Aldis Murnieks – suspect in the so-called airport wire-tapping case.

SP believe enough evidence has been gathered in the criminal process regarding the wire-tapping scandal to prove the involvement of Murnieks and Damlics in this crime. These two former officials are accused of professional inaction. Section 319 of the Criminal Law provides prison sentence of up to three years, according to information from Pietiek.com.

Damlics became a suspect in this case on December 1st. It has not been possible to contact hi, as his phone is apparently turned off.

Murnieks, on the other hand, has confirmed that he has been asked to come over SP this week. He said he is prepared for what comes next. «It would seem that authorities want to find as many guilty people as possible in the case. I have not been found guilty for anything in this country yet – it would seem that this is the thanks I get for my work,» – said Murnieks.

As previously reported Security Police may submit the case on illegal wire-tapping at Riga International Airport for launch of criminal prosecution by the end of November or no later than December 2014, as confirmed by multiple sources informed about the case.

It is claimed that charges may be applied not just to the dismissed head of the airport’s security office Raimonds Lazdins and his subordinates, but also several other former members of the airport’s Board, according to information from Pietiek.

In regard to former Board members who may be prosecuted, the portal mentions names of two former members who had left the Board last week and one person who had been present in 2012.

The device used by operatives of the airport’s security office may have been used to tap into communications of airport officials and businessmen who work at the airport. It was purchased in 2011 and was officially approved by the airport’s Board. The device was officially intended to be used for connecting digital and analogue telecommunications.

Suspicions of wire-tapping had surfaced in 2013. The head of the airport’s security office Lazdins and two of his subordinates – Ints Rubezis and Andis Savko – were then dismissed from their posts. Since then they have been engaged in a long and expensive litigation, hoping to be restored in their posts.

Security Police has been investigating this case for a very long time. Investigator Ilya Baranovskis has even refused to provide victim status to several airport employees who had been spied on by the airport’s security office. This only increases suspicions that SP may be working with Lazdins to ends the case.

Nevertheless, the prosecutor’s office is now engaged in this process as well. According to an informed source, the process gained actual progress once Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers got involved in it. It was his influence that set the requirement for the case to be submitted for launch of a criminal process no later than the end of November.

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