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Judge Bērziņa’s criminal process related to a hotel raiderism scheme

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBased on a testimony from ex-prosecutor accused of bribery Irina Bogdanova, bribery-accused Judge Iveta Bērziņa’s criminal case is tied to Old Riga hotel raiderism scheme, as noted by lawyer Didzis Vilemsons.

Pietiek.com portal had previously reported that Bērziņa has been detained based on testimony from Bogdanova, which is related to events that took place one year ago, when a Latvian citizen of Afghan origin Gulami ‘had used Bogdanova as a mediator to provide bribes in order to obtain favourable rulings in litigations related to his companies.’

It is mentioned in materials of the case that evidence gathered during the criminal process confirm Gulami’s possible involvement in the bribe attempt to obtain a favourable ruling in the litigation between Terahouse-Maxcapital and Homeland. The legal dispute also involved 966 Freecom, which is represented by Vilemsons, in a litigation involving issuance of a writ of execution in relation to the April 2nd, 2013 ruling of Riga International Commercial Arbitration Court and a side-complaint by 966 Freecom in the litigation by OU Logistic-Ekspress against W.E.S.S.A.

As explained by Vilemsons, this is about Grand Palace Hotel in Old Riga. The ruling of the court of arbitration provided for the end of the rent contract. With that, the issue of the writ of execution was necessary, but Riga Central District Court refused to issue it. This decision was then appealed at the regional court, which also made the decision not to issue the writ of execution. The ruling of the regional court is final and is not subject to appeal. As a result of all this, management over the hotel on Grecinieku Street has been lost, because the owner is not allowed to enter the hotel even though ownership rights have not changed.

Nekā personīga programme had previously reported that authorities have performed searches not only in the offices of Judge Bērziņa and Judge Gunta Ozoliņa, but also in the office of currently dismissed judge of Jurmala City Court Bormane.

One of the objects in question is a hotel in Old Riga that was managed by Gulami and his Uzbek business partners. The scandal began two years ago, when Gulami had apparently taken over the hotel illegally. It was possible by replacing members of the hotel’s owners in Scotland, who then approved a new Board in Latvia and then sold the hotel to a company related to Gulami. The Uzbek representatives in Latvia believe the hotel was taken away from them by means of forged documents.

When publishing Bogdanovas testimony, Pietiek references the decision issued by Riga Zemgale District Court in relation to the authorization of searches in Gulami’s home. It is also mentioned in the published document that Judge Bērziņa has been detained in relation to this case. The criminal process launched by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau is based on suspicion of her involvement. It would appear that Bogdanova served as a mediator in the bribery case so that it would be possible to use Bērziņa to obtain favourable rulings in civil cases related to Gulami and his companies.

Bogdanova’s representative, lawyer Dmitry Skachkov, notes that the information that serves as his client’s testimony is not entirely correct. However, he did not provide any other comments in relation to this case.

Bērziņa’s lawyer Agris Eglitis had previously noted that not comments will be provided at this time. Even the dismissed Tatyana Bormane from Jurmala City Court refused to provide any comments about this criminal process.

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