Latviski English По-русски
Tuesday 21.11.2017 | Name days: Andis, Zeltīte

Sudraba tried clarifying facts about oligarch case in an informal talk at a restaurant

(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUInguna Sudraba, head of Saeima’s oligarch case investigation committee, met with Edgars Jansons, whose name was mentioned in the so-called oligarch talks, in a restaurant in Riga to «confirm that everything is the opposite to what was mentioned in talks», as reported by Nekā personīga programme of TV3.

As reported by the programme, the meeting is associated with the part of the secret conversations in which infamous Ventspils resident Aivars Lembergs, former politician Ainars Slesers and Vice-Mayor of Riga Andris Ameriks were discussing developments at Riga Freeport in October 2010.

Lembergs complained about giving [then the CEO of Riga Freeport Leonids] Loginovs a bribe of EUR 30,000 to allow companies indirectly owned by Lembergs’ children to rent tugboats and work at the port. Lembergs also said that this ‘deal’ did not bring him any profit, whereas the port wanted half a million from the company. Ameriks promised to «sort things out», according to deciphered talks.

Report of the State Audit on activities performed at Riga Freeport mentions that because of the Competition Council’s restriction, the freeport is not allowed to use Santa and Stella tugboats on its own.

Loginovs had rented out tugboats to LSF Holding’s owned Amberholdings in Liepaja without first performing procurement for three months. Both companies are owned by Lembergs’ children. The contract was signed for a high enough price for the port not to allow competing companies enter the port. However, Amberholdings performed work at the port without paying rent. Lembergs revealed in the talks in Ridzene hotel that his children refuse to recognize the debt because Loginovs was paid a bribe in advance.

Ameriks claimed that no bribe was paid in the end. He said there was only an agreement in place. Lembergs said he has no interests in the port. He did as Ameriks for help in settling the matter, because his children now have a considerable debt to pay.

The freeport still has not recovered a debt of EUR 700,000. This is because Amberholdings applied for insolvency and was liquidated in March 2017.

According to De Facto, this episode of oligarch talks has caused quite a stir. This is why LSF holding’s former chairman Jansons has met with Sudraba in a restaurant.

Sudraba mentioned at this meeting that it is informal and that it was needed to better understand what was spoken at the oligarch talks. «This conversation was my initiative. Edgars Jansons was recommended to me as an honest man who has always opposed corruption. And he denies giving a bribe on behalf of the company. I was advised to meet with him to confirm everything is opposite to what was said in those talks,» said Sudraba.

She claims the former LSF holding’s chairman was not told anything that was revealed to her as the head of the investigative committee. Sudraba still has no access to official secrets.

Nekā personīga reports that the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau sanctioned the recording of talks at Ridzene Hotel in February 2009. Judges of the Supreme Court of Latvia permitted it. A week later, information leaked from KNAB and Slesers found out about the plan.

Because of that, Slesers stopped organizing meetings in the hotel. Although rooms were changed, KNAB continued keeping an eye on participants and listening in on conversations.


Leave a reply

  1. Zerry says:

    Why nobody’s grilling Mr. Ameriks? Once I had a dream that it’s between extremely difficult and impossible to win any big tenders in Riga if you’re not…. let’s say close friend to Ameriks. But huh, it was only a dream and Ameriks can continue pretending a saint. Anyway, someone should clean up that managemental mess in Riga freeport. It is not a playground of old men but should bring benefits to city and country. Nobody is brave enough for that work, or maybe it’s not healthy?

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

European Parliament triggers punitive procedure against Poland

Members of the European Parliament have passed a resolution requesting for the application of the so-called «nuclear option» for Poland, Article 7 of the EU Treaty, because of the threat to the rule of law in the biggest Eastern European country.

BNN summary of the week: medicinal cannabis in Lithuania, cargo anti-record, and Lemberg’s dwindling influence in UGF

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

NAF: Russia’s attitude remains unfriendly towards Latvia

So far Russia’s demonstrated attitude has remained unfriendly towards Latvia, said Commander of Latvian Armed Forces Leonīds Kalniņš in an interview to LNT.

Lembergs’ turn to testify before parliamentary committee has come

Aivars Lembergs, who is accused of serious crimes and is suspended from performing duties as chairman of Ventspils City Council, has been invited to come to a meeting of the Saeima’s Investigative Committee and answer questions associated with so-called oligarchs case.

How Latvian communities around the world plan to celebrate Latvia’s birthday?

«Celebration of independence of the Republic of Latvia is an important tradition that allows members of Latvia’s diaspora to maintain ties with their homeland – this year’s event will be even more expansive and inclusive than ever before. This is because events associated with the country’s hundredth birthday will be organized all around the world,» says manager of World Federation of Free Latvians office in Latvia Jānis Andersons.

European Parliament triggers punitive procedure against Poland

Members of the European Parliament have passed a resolution requesting for the application of the so-called «nuclear option» for Poland, Article 7 of the EU Treaty, because of the threat to the rule of law in the biggest Eastern European country.

Wage rules violations most often associated with envelope wages

To promote public awareness and improve commercial environment, honest competition and honest compliance with taxes, Latvia’s State Revenue Service intends to expand its database with new information about taxpayers, BNN was told by SRS.

Management of Unity’s Saeima faction to change in December

«Political consultations with all of Unity’s partner parties that are represented in the Saeima’s faction have concluded. An agreement has been reached to perform management change before the end of Saeima’s autumn session – around 21 December,» says Unity’s chairman Arvils Ašeradens.

EP prepared to commence talks with EU governments on reforming asylum system

The European Parliament is prepared to commence talks about reforming Dublin Regulation to ensure every member state is able to resettle a portion of asylum seekers.

Estonia to pour into Finnish-Estonian cultural fund 700 000 euros

Estonian cabinet of ministers has decided to attribute 700,000 euros to the Finno-Estonian Cultural Fund, an organisation working since 2015 aimed at fostering cooperation between the two states in culture, creative economy and training both for individuals and organizations.

Russia in UN vetoes extension of Syrian chemical attack investigation

At the UN Security Council, Russia has used its veto powers to block a resolution with which it would be allowed to continue the international investigation into a chemical attack this spring in Syria, which prompted the U.S. to launch missile strikes on a Syrian airbase.

Latvia’s birthday expected to be windy

A precipitation zone will reach Latvia from the west on Friday, 17 November. The precipitation zone will, however, pass over Latvia quickly, making rainfall short and periods of clear sky more frequent and longer. Air temperature is expected to stay within +5° C… +8° C, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

State of emergency in force in flood-hit Greece

Rescue services in Greece are looking for no less than five people, who have gone missing following unexpected and disastrous floods on Wednesday, November 15, that killed 15 people; however, bad weather is still expected.

Laupīšanas 101 director: Latvia’s film industry has yet to reach its potential height

There is sufficient evidence to prove that Latvia’s film industry is capable, but at the same time many films are directed basically the same way. There is a lack of creativity, which means very slow development for the industry, said Kaspars Marhlevičs, director of short comedy Laupīšanas 101, in an interview to BNN.

Medical cannabis bill paves way in Lithuanian legislature

Otherwise conservative Lithuania has made a big stride forward legalising cannabis for medical use with 92 Lithuanian parliamentarians voting Thursday, November 15, to open the bill draft on medication containing cannabis. The law draft should go back to the parliamentary floor for deliberations on December 12.

Latvian sentenced to ten years in prison for fighting on the side of ISIS in Syria

On Thursday, 16 November, Latvian citizen Mārtiņš Grīnbergs was sentenced by Riga Regional Court to ten years and three months in prison for fighting on the side of Islamic State terrorist organization.

European Parliament: Africa’s development requires a new stimulus

To resolve economic, social and migration-related problems, which usually accompany lasting crises, better African-EU cooperation is needed, European Parliament members say.

Latvian Chamber for Commerce and Industry proposes preventing new MPC reforms

Increase of mandatory procurement components cannot be allowed. Exactly the opposite – this cost should be dropped entirely for end electricity prices in an attempt to improve international competitiveness of companies, BNN was told by council members of Latvian Chamber for Commerce and Industry.

Matīss: LDz cannot raise tariffs and perform rail electrification under cargo anti-record

Because Latvijas dzelzceļš has set an anti-record in cargo transports in the first ten months of this year, Saeima deputy and member of the National Economy Committee Anrijs Matīss says raising the fee for the use of infrastructure cannot be allowed. He adds that the intended railway electrification project should be considered very carefully.

Lithuania and Latvia placed in top 10 in climate policy index

In the annual Climate Change Performance Index, where climate policy action in 57 countries has been evaluated, on a scale from «very high» to «very low», 11 EU member states have been evaluated with as having been highly active, with Sweden showing the best results ahead of Lithuania, the UK, Finland and Latvia.

Bite Latvija buys Stream Networks and Latnet

Mobile commutations operator Bite Latvija has signed a purchase agreement for 100% of shares of Stream Networks and its subsidiary Latner Serviss, as BNN was informed by Bite manager in Latvia Kaspars Buls.

airBaltic carried three million passengers in first ten months of 2017

In the first ten months of 2017, airBaltic carried a total of 3,007,034 passengers to destinations in Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East, BNN was told by the company.

Kaljulaid sees African opportunities to outplace EU in digitalisation

During a visit to Ethiopia, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has discussed African-EU relations with the African Commissioner for Trade and Industry and recommended investing into digital development that would be beneficial for the continent itself.

Most employed people in Latvia are satisfied with their jobs

More and more often employers experience lack of qualified labour force, as well as increase of employees’ confidence about their competitiveness on the labour market and their openness for better job offers.

Estonian railways operator happy about increasing freight volume

Freight carried on the infrastructure of the Estonian state railway company Estonian Railways in October amounted to one million tons, which is a 10.4% hike compared to October 2016.