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Criminal process on state aid issued to Liepājas metalurgs handed for criminal prosecution

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian State Police has submitted to the prosecutor’s office materials of the criminal case regarding the state aid that was provided to KVV Liepājas metalurgs. As part of this criminal process, former Prime Minister and Finance Minister Einars Repše may have been made a suspect in this case. After all, he was the one who signed the state aid provision documents, as reported by Latvijas Avīze.

The criminal process was commenced in accordance with the rarely used Section 319 of the Criminal Law, specifically its third part, which covers officials’ failure to perform their duties if serious consequences caused by negligence.

State Police has not released any more details on this matter, saying that all questions will soon have to be asked to the prosecutor’s office. However, in spite of the fact that the case had been submitted to the prosecutor’s office three months ago, the Prosecutor General’s Office has yet to issue any comments.

The newspaper learned from unofficial sources that Repše, whose signature can be found on the documents detailing the state aid, has been applied with a status in the criminal process. Repše’s lips remain sealed on this matter, too. When asked if he has any concerns, the ex-prime minister said over the phone: «If there is one thing I am afraid of, it is the presentation of overblown information instead of the truth, which will be uncovered either way.»

A couple of years ago, State Police Economic Crimes Enforcement Department commenced a criminal process in relation to large scale fraud with possible theft of finances from Liepājas metalurgs.

As previously explained by SP press-secretary Dairis Anučins, while investigating the criminal process commenced in 2012 in relation to possible illegal activities by officials of Liepājas metalurgs, and although no proof was found that officials had embezzled money or abused their station, police did uncover other details that pointed towards money fraud at the company. An offshore company had been used to process payments for non-existent services.

In 2015, based on facts uncovered during the investigation, the decision was made to divide the existing criminal process to continue inspection of this information and commence a separate criminal process.

In this separated criminal process on large scale fraud has no suspects, but the Economic Crimes Enforcement Department continues its investigation to determine the conditions under which transactions between Liepājas metalurgs and the Cyprus-based company had taken place. The investigation is also meant to determine the participating parties.

After experiencing financial difficulties, Liepājas metalurgs ceased all production in spring in 2013. The company was later declared insolvent and later sold to Ukrainian investors in 2014, who renamed the company to KVV Liepājas metalurgs. The company restored production the following year.

On 16 September 2016, Liepaja court declared KVV Liepājas metalurgs insolvent.


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