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Ex-President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis

On Tuesday, 3 September, Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) interviewed ex-president Raimonds Vējonis, according to information from LETA.

Vējonis likely arrived to KNAB office by car LETA journalists observed a Volkswagen car with dark windows leaving KNAB building’s closed off parking area. Aside from the driver and the passenger sitting next to him, there was a silhouette of another man sitting in the back.

This very car was used by the now ex-President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis and his wife when they arrived at Latvian President Egils Levits inauguration held at Latvia’s National Library, according to information from LETA’s photo archive.

KNAB announced on Tuesday, 3 September, that together with Competition Council the bureau commenced court-sanctioned investigative activities in offices of multiple well-known construction companies in Latvia. The reason for this is the suspicion of their involvement in criminal activities and violations of the Law on Competition.

KNAB has acquired information in the criminal process that points to possible signs of a prohibited agreement among the largest construction companies.

Crimes in question were committed between the beginning of 2015 and the middle of 2018. The possible bribe amounts range between EUR 25 000 and several hundred thousand euros.

According to information from LETA and public broadcaster LTV, KNAB has already interviewed the co-owner of construction company Arčers and road maintenance company Binders Armands Garkāns, former board chairman of SIA Skonto Būve Guntis Rāvis, as well as LNK Group board chairman Artjoms Milovs. KNAB was also ‘visited’ by the lawyer of businessman Māris Martinsons, who is already involved in multiple criminal processes. However, Martinsons lawyer did not say if he came to KNAB to defend his client. KNAB has also interviewed the former owner of Skonto būve Ivars Millers.

On Tuesday, 3 September, KNAB also visited Valmiera City Council. Officers met with the city council’s chairman Jānis Baiks.

KNAB does not reveal if there are any suspects in this case.


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