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Zatlers: other security service officers are threatened as well

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe attack on former head of the Constitution Protection Office Jānis Kažociņš was not a mugging attempt or a simple act of hooliganism. Everything points to a planned attack on specifically Kažociņš and specifically because of his professional activities, says ex-president of Latvia and current head of Saeima National Security Committee Valdis Zatlers.

‘This case is a matter of honour for investigation authorities, because it involves one of the leaders of Latvia’s security services. It is a clear sign that there are powers that are not friendly to Latvia and Latvia’s population. This is why it is necessary to demonstrate Latvia’s power. Show them Latvia is able to protect itself and its citizens. I am certain the police understand this very well. And I sincerely hope they will be provided with assistance from other security services in the investigation of this case,’ – Zatlers told Latvijas Avīze.

According to him, these hostile powers may be situated in Latvia and outside of the country’s borders. ‘We live in a modern world. It is no longer that easy to divide forces into black and white. Terrorism, intelligence and criminal activities have long since become global,’ – said Zatlers.

‘Mr Kažociņš is not the only one to be threatened. Other officials and officers of security services have recently received threats. I will not go deeper into details, but threats are a matter we have to deal with from time to time. We consider this matter to be very serious. We do not talk about such things out loud because we do not want to worry the people. The attack on Mr Kažociņš is a clear signal to other heads of security services. It would be careless to categorize this as an act of mere hooliganism. This is not that kind of case!’ – he said.

BNN had previously reported that some unidentified persons attacked the former head of the Constitution Protection Office Jānis Kažociņš on January 22.

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