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Court decides to keep businessman Martinsons under arrest

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Thursday, 3 January, Riga Regional Court decided to keep businessman Māris Martinsons, who is a suspect in the ongoing Rīgas satiksme procurement case, under arrest.

Martinsons’ lawyer Didzis Vilemsons refused to provide any comments to the press after the court session. Martinsons does not admit his guilt. Nevertheless, he has given the court his testimony.

The court’s ruling is no longer subject to appeal. In accordance with the law, Riga City Vidzeme Suburb Court now has two months to decide if there are any reasons to keep the suspect under arrest. At the same time, KNAB investigator can still decide on amending the security measure.

Martinsons was put under arrest by Riga City Vidzeme Suburb Court on 12 December. This ruling was later appealed at Riga Regional Court.

Last December security measures were reviewed for three other suspects – RS infrastructure maintenance and development department’s director Igors Volkinšteins, RS board chairman Leons Bemhens and Škoda Transportation official Kozaks – keeping all of them under arrest.

As it is known, KNAB has commenced a criminal process in relation to three procurements organized by Rīgas satiksme – for the 2016 low-floor tram procurement (EUR 62,597,477), the 2013 trolleybus procurement (EUR 131,646,135), as well as the 2013 bus procurement (EUR 75,808,297).

The criminal process investigates bribery of officials and money laundering.

At the beginning of December 2018, Riga City Vidzeme Suburb Court applied an arrest on six out of seven suspects in this criminal case. After an eight-day arrest, businessman and long-term member of Honour to Serve Riga political party Aleksandrs Krjačeks was released. The rest, however, remain under arrest.

According to what KNAB has explained about the case, the criminal process was launched in relation to a mutual agreement between representatives of Czech and Polish companies on one side and Riga City Council and Rīgas satiksme officials on the other, wherein third party individuals were used to perform illegal activities. These persons performed money laundering and ensured influx of funds using actual and fictive companies. Bribes were also paid to officials in Riga City Council and Rīgas satiksme.

KNAB also notes that the bribe amounts were tied to the interest from the signed contracts’ value. Investigators continue working to determine the exact size of bribes.


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