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Riga Mayor refuses to comment on investigation regarding free Bi-2 concert

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUChairman of Riga City Council Nils Ušakovs has decided not to comment on the investigation launched by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB) regarding possible misuse of administrative resources on pre-election promotion, which took place before the last municipal elections when a free concert featuring famous Russian Bi-2 band was organized in Lucavsala, said the politician’s press-secretary Laila Ivāna.

The mayor was asked if he has been asked to come to CPCB to provide comments, and if he would be ready to pay back the money used on the concert if authorities find violations and decide that the money has to be paid back.

Ušakovs’ advisor emphasized that until CPCB has finished its inspection, he will not provide any comments.

As it is known, CPCB has commenced an administrative violation case in relation to the aforementioned concert. CPCB Political Organizations Funding Monitoring Office manager Amīlija Jaunskunga explains that investigators continue going through evidence and interviewing involved persons.

«Administrative responsibility for misuse of administrative resources is intended for persons who use state or municipal resources to finance pre-election promotion. We have commenced administrative cases against officials who made decisions on using administrative resources on pre-election promotion,» said Jaunskunga.

Even though Harmony and Honour to Serve Riga are two leading parties in Riga City Council, deputy chief of CPCB Ilze Jurča did not mention if authorities hold any specific parties suspect.

She did not hide that it is difficult to prove that municipal resources were intentionally used to organize the concert for political promotion. «It is necessary to prove the link between municipality’s plans to ensure cultural events and pre-election promotion. Proving something like that is hard,» said Jurča.

Considering reluctant comments from CPCB representatives, it is currently unknown if any persons may end up receiving administrative punishments or if officials have to repay the money used on the concert back to the state budget.

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  1. Zerry says:

    It´s as always in corrupted administration. Everyone knows but mission impossible to prove. The second most popular explanation is “… but someone else too..”

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