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Security Police arrests Latvian resident for espionage

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe arrest of a Latvian resident for espionage required a lot of effort from Security Police, says Interior Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis.

The minister noted that he has been informed of the person’s arrest. He added that he is unable to provide any detailed information about the case, as the investigation is ongoing.

«I would like to thank Security Police for performing their duties, which resulted in an arrest of a specific person and the launch of a criminal process,» – said Kozlovskis.

He added that amendments to the Criminal Law, which came into force in May and were adapted to the modern day situation to better oppose threats to Latvia’s security are very topical and have helped in apprehending the person in question.

On Tuesday, 15 November, Security Police arrested a Latvian resident suspected to gathering confidential information to later provide it to a foreign country.

The person was arrested in accordance with the section of the Criminal Law on espionage.

Multiple court-sanctioned searches have been performed as well.

In the interest of the investigation, it is currently impossible to acquire more detailed commentary in regards to the progress of the investigation.

SP had previously launched a criminal process in regards to espionage. Later, however, the classification was changed. Two Russian citizens were arrested last summer for illegally entering Adazi Military base. Their lawyer, Imma Jansone, previously said her clients had arrived from Russia to ask USA to go home in a peaceful protest.

Both men were initially held suspect for espionage and attempt to perform terrorist actions. Later, however, charges were changed to hooliganism in a group. Their case is currently viewed in first instance court.

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