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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian State Police currently investigates whether or not Rail Baltica project’s realizer Andris Linužs had attempted to defraud EUR 250,000 from Winergy wind turbine park using forged documents. Daugavpils Court ruled in May that documents signed by Linužs had retroactive dates, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

The court’s ruling, however, has been appealed.

The case is associated with the scandalous Winergy wind turbine park in Ventspils. This wind turbine park is owned by Norvik Banka. The Bank confiscated it from Estonian investors, whose representatives have stood in court for attempts to defraud money from the bank, the programme notes.

Several dozen kilometres away from Winergy wind turbine park is Enercom Plus wind turbine park. Norvik Bank believes the defrauded money was wired to this company.

The programme notes that until May 2018 this wind turbine park was owned by Andris Linužs. For the past year or so he has been in charge of state-owned European Railway Lines, which is responsible for the realization of Rail Baltica project in Latvia.

Both parks produce electricity with state assistance. However, Enercom Plus was dependent on Winergy sub-stations to transfer electricity to the network.

When control over Winergy ended up in the hands of the bank, cooperation with Enercom Plus was one-sidedly terminated. The reason given for this was debts. This was close to a death sentence for Linužs’ company, De Facto reports.

LTV also notes that last year Linužs’ Enercom Plus had presented out of nowhere a document dated 2015. This document detailed the enforcement of EUR 250,000 from Winergy for one-sidedly terminating the contract.

What is curious is that the document was signed by Linužs with himself. In 2015, he was in charge of both companies – even Winergy, which was owned by Estonians. This was before the bank took over the turbine park and fired him De Facto notes.

Winergy believes this document was forged. The company decided to appeal. In May, Daugavpils Court basically admitted that it was signed retroactively – the contract allegedly signed in 2015 was not signed earlier than 2016, when Linužs was no longer employed by the company.

«The court’s ruling shows that documents were forged. If it is Linužs’ signature, it means he signed them from both sides and had them forged,» says Norvik Banka president Oliver Bramwell.

De Facto reminds that in 2015, when Winergy became owned by the bank, there was a document transfer procedure. Linužs did not present the document detailing enforcement of EUR 250,000 when he was a member of the board in Winergy. From this it can be concluded that it was written much later.

Linužs claims he did not forge the document. He says he has no idea why it was not found among Winergy papers: «All documents were handed off to Winergy. As far as I am aware, Norvik Bank bought the company. Why they could not find it, I cannot say.»

Unfortunately for him, on the date written on the document, Winergy launched a legal protection procedure. A court-appointed administrator was picked, and Linužs had not coordinated with him the signing of this document.

Last year, the prosecutor’s office commenced a criminal process in relation to possible document forging. The State Police is handling this case.

Linužs says he has not been provided with a status in this criminal process yet.

Transport Ministry, meanwhile, has been informed of both the investigation and the verdict of Daugavpils Court. The ministry says, however, that everything is fine with Linužs’ reputation, the programme adds.

«We have enough law enforcement institutions with a direct objective to evaluate. We have asked them to see if there are any risks [for Linužs],» said Transport Minister Uldis Augulis.


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