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Kalnmeiers says prosecution may soon come to a conclusion in Magonis’ case

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUProsecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers says the prosecution may soon come to a conclusion in the so-called Magonis bribery case, which involves now former Chief of Latvijas Dzelzceļš Ugis Magonis.

In his interview to Diena, Kalnmeiers said it a situation in which the figure who gave the bribe is unknown is possible – money can be handed down anonymously, or when authorities find a bribe carried by an official. It is known that the bribe was received, but it is unknown as to who gave it.

He does add, however, that this is not the case with this particular situation – all involved sides are known, and it is a matter of time until law enforcement officers take action, said Kalnmeiers.

On Friday, 21 August, Riga Regional Court decided to keep bribery-accused former Chief of LDz Ugis Magonis under arrest.

Judge Juris Stukans confirmed after the hearing that Magonis will remain under arrest. Defence had requested Magonis to be released in exchange for bail – EUR 200,000. However, the prosecution announced the appropriate bail amount for Magonis’ case would be EUR 1 million.

Stukans emphasized that today, 21 August, the court decided on the arrest, noting that he made this decision because he believes the arrest was fairly applied. In addition, the judge said all future decisions, including ones regarding arrest, will be allowed to be made by the prosecution.

Both before and after the court hearing journalists had no opportunity to speak to Magonis. Even after the hearing his representatives did not come out to speak to journalists.

As it is known, on 8 August Riga Regional Court applied ordered Magonis to be put under arrest following a request from KNAB. The now former Chief of LDz currently stays in Riga Central Prison.

As it is known, Magonis is held suspect for accepting a bribe worth nearly half a million euros in a recent procurement deal carried out by LDz’s subsidiary LDz ritošā sastāva serviss – the purchase of four diesel locomotives from Skinest, a company owned by Estonian millionaire Oleg Osinovskis. The latter denies any signs of corruption present in the deal regarding the sale of locomotives to LDz.

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