bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Monday 21.05.2018 | Name days: Ingmārs, Ernestīne, Akvelīna
LatviaLatvia

Strīķe: it is clear whose interests Strelchenok protected in the oligarchs case

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe decision to end the so-called oligarch case proves that the chief of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau Yaroslav Strelchenok is unable to organize the investigation of a complicated and important case. On top of that, it also proves that he has been working in the interest of the people involved in that case for the past five years, as Strelchenok’s deputy, Juta Strīķe, comments the decision.

Strelchenok announced on Wednesday that KNAB will likely end the part of the case the prosecutor’s office had submitted to the bureau for additional investigation before the end of the year. Strelchenok mentioned that there was not enough proof to finish the investigation. He added that the criminal process was originally initiated by then the head of KNAB Investigation Department lead Lienīte Šikore and then the head of the bureau’s combating block Juta Strīķe.

Strīķe, commenting on Strelchenok’s announcement, noted that the criminal process was launched shortly after Strelchenok took over the reins in KNAB and that the bureau spent five years investigating the case while he was in charge. In her eyes, Strelchenok now admits his own inability to organize an investigation of a complicated and important case.

Strīķe claims that she was repeatedly denied access to the investigation on various stages, as she had been dismissed from her post multiple times over the years. Even prior to 2013 the chief of KNAB would often hinder the investigation and put obstacles in the way of multiple investigators to make work even more complicated.

Considering all of the aforementioned, now it is clear in whose interest he has been working these past five years, Strīķe said. When asked to clarify the ones in whose interest Strelchenok has been working all these years, the former KNAB official said names can be noticed in one specific case. She also added that Strelchenok always blames others for his own failures – including current and former KNAB employees, NGOs and the media.

Strelchenok mentioned on Wednesday that he had talked with the investigator multiple times and that there had been information regarding insufficient evidence to further develop the case. According to Strelchenok, this case was ‘forced’ on KNAB to perform. This case was also one of the main reasons why the Saeima had been dismissed following then the president of Latvia Valdis Zatlers’ initiative.

KNAB Chief noted that the decision to end the case has no relation to his non-proposal for the post of chief of KNAB. Strelchenok added that the investigator is independent in his decisions and that the chief of KNAB has no right to interfere with the investigation. Strelchenok also promised that the decision regarding the end of the investigation would be public.

The so-called oligarchs case was launched in May 2011 based on articles of the Criminal Law on bribery, money laundering, abuse of official power and breach of legal restrictions.

Initially the case revolved around 11 individuals. All of them were applied with legal status. KNAB performed searches in multiple locations around Latvia, including properties of influential politicians – Aivars Lembergs and Andris Skele.

Later on, KNAB submitted handed the criminal process to the prosecutor’s office to begin criminal prosecution. Last year, however, after evaluating KNAB’s request to commence criminal prosecution, prosecutor Maris Leja decided to end the part of the criminal process involving Aivars Lembergs. The alleged reason for this is because no signs of criminal offences had been found in the criminally accused official’s actions. The same decision was made in regards to ex-politician Ainars Slesers.

Ref: 102.109.109.0961


Leave a reply

First Russian floating nuclear power plant reaches Murmansk

Russia's floating nuclear power plant, after passing through the Baltic sea, has arrived in the Arctic port of Murmansk over the weekend as it prepares for its first mission, supplying electricity to an isolated Russian town across the Bering Strait from Alaska.

Foreign clients’ deposits in Latvian banks declined 27.1% in Q1 2018

Deposits of foreign clients attracted by Latvia’s banks have declined 27.1% in Q1 2018. At the end of March, it was EUR 5.869 billion, as reported by Finance and Capital Market Commission.

National Alliance proposes MEP Roberts Zīle as its prime minister candidate

The board of the National Alliance has decided to pick member of the European Parliament Roberts Zīle as its prime minister candidate for the 13th Saeima elections, as confirmed by the party.

Riga City Council changes internal rules again; each deputy given ten-minute limit for questions

On Monday, 21 May, Riga City Council changed its rules for Q&A sessions, providing a ten-minute limit for each deputy to ask questions. This is the third time the city council has changed its internal rules.

Committee head: EU funds would help secure meaningful education for youngsters

«Seven to eight thousand youngsters leave Latvia every year. While ten years ago 13 to 25 year old youngsters formed 20% of the country’s population, their proportion dropped to 13% in 2017,» says Saeima’s European Affairs Committee chairperson Lolita Čigāne.

River Emajõgi guarded by mass protest against pulp mill

In Tartu, human chain has been formed by about 4 500 people in protest against the plan to build a billion-euro pulp factory near the River Emajõgi, the organisers of the event have stated.

Association: loan repayment indexes improve in non-bank consumption loan segment

In 2017, members of Latvian Association of Alternative Financial Services issued in loans EUR 180.5 million. Compared to 2016, this is an increase of 6.9%. Members’ credit portfolio was EUR 88.7 million at the end of 2017, which is 8.1% more than a year ago.

Estonian producer prices higher by 2.1 on year, due to energy supplies

Estonian producer price index of industrial output increased by 2.1% between April 2017 and April this year, Estonian statisticians have estimated.

Vitol: limitation of shell companies’ activities cannot possibly affect transit companies

Changes to the law that provide restrictions for shell companies cannot possibly affect transit companies. Because of that, claims voiced prior to adoption of said amendments and their possible impact on transit sector seem rather confusing, says Vitol Baltic chairman Robert Kirkup.

De Facto: Latvian minister’s business partner manufactures ships for Russian army

Latvian Agriculture Minister Jānis Dūklavs’ business partner in Piebalgas alus brewery – Russian businessman Igor Shekhelev – manufactures ships for the Russian army, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

Property-sharing site Airbnb agrees to share owner income with tax authority

The home-renting service Airbnb has agreed to automatically report homeowners' income to tax authorities in Denmark in a landmark agreement, which is expected to make it easier to detect tax evasion by homeowners, who are renting out rooms and houses on the website.

Latvia shipped 11.7% more oil products in Q1 2018

As part of the postponed excise tax payment regime, the volume of oil products shipped from Latvia in Q1 2018 was 13,869 or 11.7% larger than the one recorded in the same period of 2017, according to data compiled by the State Revenue Service.

What have Italian makers of government agreed on?

In Italy, the two populist parties preparing form a national government have published joint policies including tax cuts, a guaranteed basic income for the poor and deportations of 500,000 migrants.

Thunderstorms expected in Latvia this week as well

On Monday, 21 May, weather in Latvia will not change much – dry and not cloudy for the most part. On Tuesday and Wednesday, however, precipitation areas will pass through Latvia, bringing heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and strong wind, as reported by Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Week in Lithuania. Liberal Movement to turn to court over VSD statements

The board of Lithuania's Liberal Movement has decided to turn to court over information published by the State Security Department, allegedly damaging the party's reputation.

BNN summary of the week: distorted state administration, Liepājas metalurgs recovery, and Latvia unemployment level

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Change; Growth; Business; Fight; Future; Opinion

New approach to combating drunk drivers – forced correction programme

Latvia’s Justice Ministry reports that the administrative penalties reform proposes introducing stricter punishments for drunk drivers. If a person is caught drunk driving, their license would be confiscated. On top of that, to recover the license, that person would have to pass a social correction programme.

Latvian MEP to «cause a scandal» where he can to stop school reform

Members of the European Parliament Andrejs Mamikins and Miroslavs Mitrofanovs have gathered support from 114 of their fellow MEPs to request the Latvian government and Saeima to review the already approved amendments to the Education Law and General Education Law that govern realization of the national minorities’ school reform, as confirmed by Mamikins.

Germany criticises U.S. attempts to block Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

As to the controversial Nord Stram 2 Russian gas pipeline via Baltic sea to Germany, the German Economy has evaluated that American attempts to block it could be aimed at increasing U.S. a planned Russia-Germany gas pipeline to increase its own energy exports.

Number of complaints about taxi services at Riga International Airport on a rise

The number of complaints about taxi services at Riga International Airport continues to increase, said the airport’s board chairperson Ilona Līce in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Ryanair sees Estonia as important market, considers local hub option

Irish low-fare airline Ryanair considers Estonia an important market, the firm's chief executive Michael O'Leary noted while visiting Tallinn earlier in the week.

Minister: UN should act to call violators of international law to justice

«The United Nation Security Council, as the main institution maintaining peace and security, has a special responsibility, because its activities affect compliance with international law,» says Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Banks to report private persons whose account turnover exceeds EUR 15,000

From 18 May onward, banks will have to report private persons whose annual account turnover exceeds EUR 15,000, as provided by the Cabinet of Ministers’ supported order, under which the State Revenue Service is to be provided with information about a private person’s turnover and balance.

Baltic States request expanding NATO’s battalion with air and naval forces

Baltic States plan to request expanding international NATO battalion with air and naval forces, as confirmed by Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Lino Linkevičiaus, who met with US President’s National Security Advisor John R. Bolton in Washington alongside his Latvian and Estonian colleagues.

Poland uncovers Russian hybrid war networks

Poland has detained a Russian national suspected of working with accomplices to stimulate social tension with neighbouring Ukraine and neutralised two Russian hybrid war networks, the Polish Internal Security agency has stated.