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Deputies detained in KPV LV criminal case not declared suspects yet

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSaeima deputy Artuss Kaimiņš and businessman Viesturs Tamužs detained in the criminal process regarding possibly illegal funding of KPV LV party have not yet been declared suspects. Both are currently in police custody. It is likely Kaimiņš will be released later today, 21 June.

Deputy, businessman and Kaimiņš associate in KPV LV Atis Zakatistovs spent a night in police detention in Čiekurkalns. Kaimiņš’s lawyer Normunds Duļevskis said his client will be released today.

Zakatistovs’ lawyer Andris Kluss did not provide any comments on his client’s situation, because he has signed a non-disclosure agreement.

In accordance with the law, police have the right to detain someone for a short period of time if there a reason to believe the person has committed a crime. If there is enough evidence for the criminal process to continue, authorities write an official order to declare the person a suspect.

Police have the right to keep a person detained for up to 48 hours. Kaimiņš’s detainment term ends Friday, 22 June. After that, police will decide if it is necessary to apply a security measure. Arrest is the most severe security measure and is applied with permission from a court of law.

On Wednesday, 20 June, Saeima gave permission to detain and search Kaimiņš, not arrest.

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau does not have its own detainment facility. The bureau uses State Police detainment facility in Čiekurkalns.

As previously reported, CPCB has detained three people in the criminal process in relation to possible illegal funding of KPV LV political party – Kaimiņš, Zakatistovs and Tamužs.

The criminal process was launched in accordance with three sections of the Criminal Law – illegal funding of political organizations, acceptance and extortion of illegal funding.

CPCB has also interrogated KPV LV accountant and the party’s board member Linda Liepiņa.

According to information from LETA, materials of the criminal process launched on 5 June 2017 detail possible crimes as a result of which KPV LV received illegal funding. This also includes possible illegal actions committed by Kaimiņš in the form of asking another person to employ fictive employees and receiving from them cash money as pay for those fictive employees and other monetary amounts. This helped acquire finances to fund KPV LV party.

It was determined in the pre-trial investigation, AS Eco Baltia council chairman Tamužs announced in spring 2016 to companies part of the concern that he plans to hire Zakatistovs as a strategic consultant. According to Tamužs, a contract was signed between this concern’s companies and SIA Per capita for the provision of consultations. A similar contract was signed again, extending the previous contract. It was found during the investigation that no consultations were provided in the end.

Every month this company transferred EUR 2,000 to SIA Per capita. This continued until news surfaced about talks between Zakatistovs and Tamužs, in which Zakatistovs confirmed being paid EUR 2,000 a month by Tamužs.

During one of his meetings with Kaimiņš and others, Tamužs asked him about the benefits he would receive if he gets the post of economy minister. Evidence was acquired during pre-trial investigation that aforementioned funds were used for KPV LV’s needs, but were never detailed in the party’s finance documents, according to information provided to the parliament.

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