From 21 December onward the Security Service of Riga International Airport will be headed by Sandis Stabins, who is the current head of Latvian Air Traffic Security. This has been decided by the airport’s management.
Selection of potential candidates began after the airport’s previous Chief of Security – Raimonds Lazdins – finally left his post. Stabins was chosen to replace him in the end. It should be added, however, that the whereabouts of his mother – Arija Stabina – are currently unknown. In addition, an international manhunt has been initiated to find her, as reported by Nekā personīga programme of TV3.
The post of chief of security of Riga’s airport remained vacant for a long time after Lazdins’ departure. In his absence, and while the airport’s management was selecting potential replacements, the security service was being managed by Lazdins’ former deputies.
The airport’s security service organizes passenger checks and looks over visitors of the airport to make sure there aren’t any suspicious individuals among them. The security service also makes sure the premises are safe at all times. Lazdins had considered the matter of security very widely. Because of that, he had even formed a special office to monitor passengers. He had also procured and installed a special device that allowed the security service to tap in communications of passengers and other people within its range. Because of this practice, however, Lazdins was forced to leave his post.
Not much is known about Sandis Stabins. He previously worked as head of security at Latvian Air Traffic. He also has his own hunter club. What is known about him is that he is the son of Arija Stabina, who is wanted by authorities for bribery.
Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau detained Stabina for systematic bribery in September 2012. The Chief of Housing Department had created an exchange scheme that allowed interested parties to acquire term-less rent rights in apartments owned by Riga municipality in exchange for a ‘fee’. Multiple bribers involved in this case have been tried and punished.
Arija Stabina had spent only a couple of months under arrest. In the middle of 2013, six months after her release, KNAB found that Stabina had disappeared without a trace. Last known information states she may have been in Egypt at one point. It is assumed she owns property there.
While on the run, Stabina also somehow found the time to write a pension application to the Latvian State. It is possible that it was organized by her son. If so, it is hard to imagine that he has no idea where she is.
Nevertheless, the airport does not seem the least bit troubled by such minor details. Stabins has undergone a full security evaluation. Results of this evaluation state that he can be trusted with official secrets. Based on the response from the Security Police, Nekā personīga programme has concluded that KNAB has been asked to provide an opinion in regards to Stabins.