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General Prosecutor won't base oligarchs case on assumptions

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Eriks Kalnmeiers

We have received information about threats to kill the former Latvijas Krajbanka owner Vladimir Antonov’s father Alexander Antonov. However, there have not yet been any official applications. So we have no reason to intervene, says General Prosecutor Eriks Kalnmeiers.

If there has been a threat to kill, the victim needs to file an application. Such statements should be carefully assessed, because threat like that must be realistic. Only then we can speak of criminal liability. If such an application is received, it will be redirected to the jurisdiction of the State Police, he told LNT broadcast 900 sekundes.

A probe has been launched in Latvijas Krajbanka. It is very intense and focuses on international cooperation. We are discussing the results every week. Contact with the former Krajabnka management has been established – Alexander Antonov has been interrogated. However, the process is complex, because Vladimir Antonov is currently in London. He is prohibited from leaving the country. Ivars Priedītis is in custody and there are no problems in communication. The value of the information is another issue. Yet another problem is that international cooperation requires much time. We have to wait for the response, Kalnmeiers adds.

Asked about the so-called oligarchs case, Kalnmeiers points out that it is handled by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, since it is not a simple case. A huge amount of information must be collected and. It is not just some ordinary information and far from being easily obtainable. International cooperation is a complex issue also in this case. I have no reason to doubt the Bureau’s claims that the evidence will indeed be collected. If a sufficient amount of evidence is not gathered, prosecution will not be based on assumptions, General Prosecutor says.

He adds that the Dzintars Jaundžeikars’ case requires much time as well. Besides, it has been merged.

There is sufficient evidence. The fact that the security measure was changed because of Jaudzeikars’ state of health does not mean that there is no evidence. Currently, it is essential to get the results of expertise. The case is likely to reach the court before the oligarchs, says Kalnmeiers.

He also points out that in December charges were brought against the Constitutional Court judge Vineta Muizniece. She has been given time to prepare to give evidence. It is a matter of days, he adds.

Also Latvenergo case is one of the largest. According to the Swiss prosecutor, bribery did take place.

When asked about the performance of the anti-corruption bureau, Kalnmeiers stresses that work goes on smoothly. As to the information leakage, criminal proceedings were launched. My suspicions were confirmed – it was an employee of the Bureau who leaked the information to third parties. I cannot assure that this is no longer the case, but there are no reasons to believe that information is leaked also today. I cannot assure that once we have identified one case, no other leaks are possible. It is a question of safety. Security and unauthorized disclosure of information must be treated very carefully, says Kalnmeiers.

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