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Searches carried out in bank owned by Valery Belokon

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Monday, 16 May, Latvian Economic Police with help from OMEGA Special Forces Unit carried out a search in Baltic International Bank owned by Valery Belokon, as reported by LTV.

Investigators confirmed that the search was carried out in relation to a criminal process regarding group-organized money laundering activities. Banking supervisors have been informed of the situation. No comments are provided in regards to specific market participants, as reported by lsm.lv.

«Economic Police carried out a search in one of the commercial institutions as part of a criminal process launched in accordance to Part 3 of Section 195 of the Criminal Law. In total, five searches have been carried out in the bank and other objects. One person has been detained so far. Documents and other items of value to the investigation have been confiscated as evidence,» – as revealed by Economic Police’s deputy chief Ilze Sokolovska.

Valery Belokon, chairman of the council of Baltic International Bank and largest shareholder, refused to provide an interview in front of a camera. Nevertheless, he emphasized during his meeting with LTV – although the search was an unpleasant event, it will not affect the bank’s work. Belokon said he has no information to doubt the honesty of the detained worker of the bank. «We will defend her,» – he said.

Economic Police also emphasize that the criminal process has been launched against people, specifically the bank’s employees, not the bank itself.

Peteris Putnins, head of the Finance and Capital Market Commission, refrained from providing comments in regards to any banks in question. Nevertheless, he confirmed that banking supervisors are, indeed, informed of the situation.

Management of Economic Police believes that OMEGA Special Unit’s involvement in the search was justified. «We considered all possible options and decided that it is necessary to make the process go faster, as there were reasons to believe that delays would have hurt the investigation,» – said Sokolovska.

According to the bank, the criminal process may be related to a provocation. Some time ago, Baltic International Bank had issued a loan to a credit company that owns two oil bases and nineteen petrol stations in Ukraine. The fight for the company’s assets continues to this day. The bank has also been issued threats in relation to this. The detained bank employee was responsible for cooperation with the representation in Ukraine.

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