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Bribery accused Baiba Broka decides to leave her work at University of Latvia

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On Tuesday, 30 July, corruption accused politician Baiba Broka submitted a resignation to the administration of the University of Latvia, according to information from LETA.

Broka submitted her resignation, stressing that she has not committed any of the crimes she is accused of. In her resignation submitted to LU rector Indriķis Muižnieks, Broka notes that she has decided to leave to protect the reputation of the university in which she had worked since 1997.

LU vice-rector Ina Druviete has confirmed that Broka’s resignation has been received.

Broka will leave her job at the University of Latvia 30 July.

Druviete stresses that the university respects Broka’s choice and respects her decision made in the name of protecting the institution’s reputation.

Borka has yet to offer comments on this.

BNN had previously reported that just recently Broka had secured a new post in the university – she was appointed as legal affairs expert in the administration’s support group.

Ansis Grantiņš, the head of LU administration, told TV3 News that «Broka accepted the offer to work as an expert in legal affairs in the university’s Administration support group». The management of the university has consulted with KNAB and has received confirmation that Broka is allowed to work in this post. Broka will continue working on improvements for LU internal regulations, new sports programmes and university management matters, said Grantiņš.

When asked over the phone why he had invited a politician involved in a corruption scandal work, Grantiņš could not answer.

He also could not say what Broka’s wage will be in her new post.

Meanwhile, Druviete claimed in a conversation with TV3 News that Broka had applied for the post herself. «As acting rector, I’ve had a conversation with Baiba Broka. She said she wants to continue working at the university, but in a lower post. After consulting with KNAB, we received confirmation that Broka may continue working in the support group, as well as in academic,» said Druviete.

Broka did not answer calls made by the programme. Rector Indriķis Muižnieks did not answer calls either.

As it is known, because of KNAB’s criminal process, Broka is not allowed to work in LU procurement committee, as well as make decisions associated with control and monitoring, LU rector Druviete told public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta panorama.

She explained that a statement from the court detailing the restrictions applied to Broka was received earlier.

«We understood from the letter that Broka is allowed to perform academic work,» said Druviete.

KNAB has prohibited Broka from taking posts in LU and leave the country.

As it is known, KNAB had detained Baiba Broka, as well as businessmen associated with construction company Skonto būve Guntis Rāvis and Ivars Millers, as part of a criminal process over a EUR 20 000 bribe. All three were released from custody on 10 July.

KNAB had previously reported that information was acquired in relation to some state official as deputy chairman of a procurement commission accepting a bribe from businessmen. Facts in the hands of the prosecution allow for the assumption that the state official had registered the bribe as a donation to some association.

LETA news agency is aware, however, that KNAB has taken notice of some donation made to Baiba Broka’s Latvian Biathlon Federation.

In the last three years Latvian Biathlon Federation has received three donations worth a total of EUR 20 000. This includes one donation from SIA Roadeks, which is indirectly owned by Rāvis, according to information from Firmas.lv.

Information from LETA shows that the bribery may be associated with University of Latvia House of Letters project. The procurement for it was launched in spring 2018. The initial contract price for it was EUR 33 million.

Broka’s lawyer Rinalds Bušs told LETA that his client denies accusations presented by KNAB.


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