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SRS to present parliamentary investigators materials associated with oligarch case

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMembers of the parliamentary investigative committee will be presented with materials associated with the infamous oligarch case, as confirmed by Chief of State Revenue Service’s Finance Police Edijs Ceipe.

Initially SRS had informed the committee that materials would be given to the prosecutor responsible for the case, not the committee. However, after evaluating applicable regulations, it has been decided to allow deputies to go through those materials in the presence of SRS employees.

Members of the committee did not mention which exact case is in question, but TV3 programme Nekā personīga reported on 10 September that Finance Police ended the criminal case regarding VAT fraud in relation to the construction of ex-politician Ainārs Šlesers’ house. The programme mentioned that Finance Police had decided to end the case. However, authorities did not provide proof that ‘there had been no tax fraud or at least an intention to cause damage to the state’.

The whole situation started when SIA Avadel, a company owned by Šlesers family, turned to SRS and requested repayment of more than EUR 225,000 in VAT, which was a result of construction and maintenance work associated with construction of said building. This raised a certain degree of suspicion within SRS that Šlesers was thereby trying to avoid paying all the necessary taxes. An audit was organized in Avadel as a result. SRS officials were confident the company had no rights for VAT return because ownership rights over the building are owned by Šlesers family, not the company, Nekā personīga reports.

However, SRS Director General Nellija Jezdakova decided to end the administrative case at the end of November 2010. She also cancelled the decision made by the inspector responsible for the case because some new important documents had surfaced. This allowed SIA Avadel to recover the full amount of VAT from the state budget, Nekā personīga explains.

A new turn in this case took place after the publication of Ridzene talks. Wiretapped conversations of well-known and infamous politicians detail how new agreements were being made in haste and that Šlesers family was leasing houses from Avadel with intention to purchase them in the future. Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau investigators believe contracts were signed, the programme explains.

KNAB sent the separated criminal process to SRS Finance Police. The latter launched an investigation regarding the possible VAT avoidance by Avadel officials and fraud in an organized group. Two years later, however, the case was unexpectedly ended.

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