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Investigator responsible for Magonis’ case leaves KNAB

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe operative who played a major role in the arrest of Ugis Magonis in the bribery case has written and submitted his resignation from the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, as reported by De Facto.

Multiple other KNAB operatives promise to leave the bureau if Yaroslav Strelchenok is elected for a second term as the Chief of KNAB.

In regards to leaving the bureau, the operative who worked on Magonis’ case mentioned inadequate pay and improper work atmosphere as the main reasons for leaving the bureau. Aside from him, another KNAB operative has submitted his resignation.

Major changes occurred in the corruption prevention department this summer. This came as a result of Strelchenok’s realized changes in the bureau. Juta Strīķe, deputy chief of KNAB for matters of corruption prevention, has been dismissed for the fourth time. Jānis Roze has been appointed as her replacement. Roze was also Strenchenok’s course mate.

As a result of Strelchenok’s reorganization, manager of KNAB’s investigations department Lienīte Šikore and her deputy Agita Znotiņa have been dismissed from their posts. Manager of KNAB’s Operative Investigations Department Juris Jurašs and his deputy Mārtiņš Lode are also no longer required in the bureau, it seems.

De Facto has concluded that heads of certain departments in KNAB had been presented unreal requirements to ensure those people cannot continue working in KNAB. For example, the manager of operatives in KNAB now has to have a degree in economics.

«It is absurd to demand economic education instead of legal education,» – says Jurašs. His conflict with Strelchenok lasted a long time. He has no doubt that requirements were made so unreal specifically to force him to leave.

Strelchenok plans to fill the now vacant spots in the bureau by organizing open and internal personnel selection processes.

De Facto is aware that Jānis Pavlovskis, the driver of the former Chief of Security Police Jāņis Reiniks, was mentioned as a potential candidate for one of the posts in KNAB. Pavlovskis is the husband of Ieva Otomere – head of KNAB’s Legal Department.

Strelchenok refused to discuss candidates to fill the empty vacancies in the bureau, saying that their names are restricted access information.

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