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Police raise charges against Jurmala mayor for possible illegal financing of UGF

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the criminal case regarding possible illegal financing of the Union of Greens and Farmers, Latvia’s Prosecutor General’s Office has officially presented charges to Jurmala Mayor Gatis Truksnis and businessman Jūlijs Krūmiņš.

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau asked charges against Truksnis to be raised not only for illegal financing of political parties, but also for document forging and use of forged documents.

As for Krūmiņš, CPCB requested criminal charges for illegal financing of political parties. The businessman’s lawyer Guna Kaminska has confirmed charges against her client have been raised in accordance with the Criminal Law on two episodes. She did not provide any other comments.

According to the info graphic from CPCB, Krūmiņš is accused of illegally financing For Latvia from the Heart.

Before its submission to the Prosecutor General’s Office, the criminal case was investigated by CPCB. According to available information, an official of Jurmala municipality had reached an agreement with Krūmiņš on illegally financing political parties using a mediator.

Krūmiņš used his bank account to transfer large sums of money to political parties. Truksnis then informed Krūmiņš that ‘donations’ were not received. Krūmiņš contacted ‘supporters’ and their mediators and Jurmala City Council official, revealing the names of said ‘supporters’ and their associates.

Later, a board member of political parties association said there was an opinion voiced during a meeting of the party’s board that every member would attract supporters for their campaigns, which is exactly what was done in the end.

Additionally, CPCB requests prosecuting the head of Truksnis’ office Ingrīda Vilkārse and Jorens Raitums, a financier associated with For Latvia from the Heart political party, for forging documents and using said forged documents.

Other available information suggests that Krūmiņš had allocated money for For Latvia from The Heart on multiple occasions. In one such episode Krūmiņš also provided money to Raitums.

The latter then divided money among five other persons, who then transferred their amounts to the party. In another episode, Krūmiņš also paid for services and products purchased by For Latvia from The Heart. In 2016, Nekā personīga programme reported that among the possible mediators were youngster by the name of Jānis Dāvis, a livestock farmer by the name of Mārtiņš Butāns, construction company manager Kristīne Petruškina, former LTV employee Ivars Falks, carpenter Jānis Raudzeps and businessman Anrī Kursītis.

The programme explained that all of them made donations to For Latvia from The Heart worth EUR 14,000 to EUR 15,000.

CPCB has ordered For Latvia from The Heart to pay to the state budget illegally received donations worth EUR 32,534.


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