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Truksnis may have used Krumins’ owned apartment complex

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAs part of last week’s search, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau visited apartment 38 in millionaire Julijs Krumins’ built apartment complex. Rumour has it that the Mayor of Jurmala Gatis Truksnis has been an often guest to that particular complex, as reported De Facto programme of LTV.

Apartment 38 is the largest one in the apartment complex owned by Krumins’ daughter’s MC Turaida Property. This apartment complex is located on Turaidas Street 17, not far from Dzintari Concert Hall. According to information state on the website of the developer, the apartment in question is rented. However, unlike other apartments, there is no rent price and rent term available for it.

Last year, sources in the resort city mentioned seeing Truksnis in that apartment on multiple occasions. No actual proof of this exists, however. The perimeter is well-guarded and the only way in is through an underground parking lot.

Truksnis officially lives in an apartment building built on Kuldigas Street in the Soviet era. It is possible that it is the apartment he rents, according to information from his declaration. No other apartment is mentioned in Truksnis’ declaration.

KNAB’s recent investigative activities suggest that in addition to investigating the political parties financing criminal process, authorities are looking for evidence to see if Truksnis is the real owner of the apartment.

The programme also reports that businessman Krumins may have used good relations with chairperson of Riga City Kurzeme District Court Aija Ornina to assist an acquaintance in some civil case.

According to unofficial information, KNAB suspects Krumins may have tried to help businessman Juris Mikelis, whose donation to the Union of Greens and Farmers had attracted KNAB’s attention in relation to the illegal political parties financing case. Under Ornina, the court had also viewed some case associated with Mikelis.

The programme noticed in the court’s schedule that there is currently a civil case in process. In it, Eirobūve Latvija wishes to enforce debts from multiple people. Mikelis does not appear in the company’s register as a member or official in this company. He is, however, a board member in a company with a similar name – Eirobūve Rīga. This company is owned by the same person as Eirobūve Rīga.

Ornina was not the judge in charge of this civil case. The judge, now dismissed from her post, refused to answer any question relating to the case, as she has signed a non-disclosure agreement with KNAB.

KNAB has confirmed that it does have a criminal process in development in relation to possible crimes committed by Ornina.

Meanwhile, Nekā personīga programme of TV3 reports that businessman Krumins may have had provided funding to two political parties using mediators. Those parties are To Latvia from the Heart and Union of Greens and Farmers. It is estimated that Krumins may have transferred as much as EUR 135,000 to those parties. KNAB has detained Krumins. In addition, authorities have also detained the following people as accomplices: Mayor of Jurmala Gatis Truksnis, financial consultant Joren Raitums and businessman Anrijs Kursitis. Each of them played a part in financing parties in secret. Krumins is believed to be the organizer. Using third parties to finance political parties is a criminal offence. It used to be the most popular method for rich people to pay parties for influence without complying with restrictions on donations.

Another project handled by Krumins was the election of UGF representative Iveta Grigule to the European Parliament. He was encouraged to do that by current members of To Latvia from the Heart Romans Mezeckis and Ringolds Balodis. One was then Jurmala’s vice-mayor and the other was an advisor to Gatis Truksnis.

Another businessman served as one of Grigule’s biggest supporters. This businessman is Valdis Kalnozols, board member in the Green Party. He had donated EUR 18,000 to UGF in 2014. Kalnozols and Krumins have something in common: the location for their businesses – Jurmala – and one mutual acquaintance – Truksnis. Because of Truksnis, Kalnozols had the opportunity to develop culinary business. He founded Lighthouse café. He told his friends that he had never seen a place where it would be easier to make money.

Jurmala also has its own legend. It states that for his assistance to Krumins’ business projects, the latter gave Truksnis an entire floor in his apartment complex on Turaidas Street. Krumins has partially confirmed this.

It took KNAB two years to prepare for the detainment of Krumins, Raitums and Kursis. Everything was prepared to go down in summer. In the end, the detainment was ordered to go down in October. KNAB has searched Krumins’ home, his office, the offices of Raitums and Truksnis, as well as their homes.

After his detainment, Truksnis had to spend the night in Bulduri Hospital, where he was delivered after taking some medicine in the office during KNAB’s search. On the next day, doctors declared him healthy, so could not avoid spending at least one night under arrest. Krumins was held under arrest for two days.

Krumins’ lawyers claim he had asked other people to donate to the party. Sudraba claims the same, even though she admits that Krumins interest for her party had quickly faded after elections. As part of the illegal political parties financing case, KNAB also intends to inspect financial documents of To Latvia from the Heart and the Union of Greens and Farmers.

It is turns out the two parties have been receiving illegal donations, both will lose state funding.


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