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Bribery accused Latvian politician to leave National Alliance’s Riga City Council faction

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Riga City Council deputy Baiba Broka

Corruption accused Riga City Council deputy Baiba Broka has decided to leave the city council’s faction of the National Alliance «All for Latvia – For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK», becoming an independent deputy.

Broka had previously reported plans to leave the political party for the duration of the investigation in order to avoid casting a shadow on political activities.

On Monday, 12 August, Broka announced through faction representative Edvards Ratnieks that she does not plan to join any of the existing factions of independent deputies after leaving National Alliance’s faction. She plans to vote in line with views of the National Alliance.

Broka also has no plans to support Honour to Serve Riga political party’s Oļegs Burovs as mayoral candidate.

The decision to leave the faction was made by Broka to protect the party from involvement in the criminal process regarding possible bribery.

Faction leader Dainis Locis has confirmed that Broka has submitted an application detailing her departure from the faction. However, she has not personally informed the faction of her decision. He does say that he respects her decision.

According to him, future cooperation with Broka has yet to be discussed and her position remains unclear.

At the same time, Locis is prepared to continue cooperating with Broka. «We hope to continue cooperation in important, national affairs,» said Locis.

In total, there are eight independent deputies in Riga City Council – four in the Independent Deputies Faction, which consists of deputies excluded from Harmony, and «For Riga!» bloc, which includes Oskars Putniņš, Druvis Kleins and Imants Keišs. Both these associations have agreed to cooperate in resolving economic affairs.

On 8 July, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) detained Baiba Broka, as well as construction company Skonto būve businessmen Guntis Rāvis and Ivars Millers, in a criminal process regarding a bribe of EUR 20 000. All three were released 10 July.

KNAB had previously reported that the bureau has acquired information suggesting that a state official, being a member of a procurement committee, had possibly worked in the interest of certain businessmen. Investigators say uncovered facts allow for the belief that the state official had accepted a bribe from businessmen. The bribe itself was registered as a donation to some association. The possible size of the bribe reaches EUR 20 000. It is known that KNAB has taken notice of Broka’s managed Latvian Biathlon Federation.


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