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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURaimonds Lazdiņš and two other former officers of Riga International airport’s Security Department Ints Rubezins and Andrejs Savko have hired former prosecutors to defend them in the criminal case in regard to illegal tapping into internal communications at the airport.

Former prosecutor Āris Bočs has been hired to defend the interests of the now scandalous Raimonds Lazdiņš. Ex-prosecutor Ivars Krauze will defend Ints Rubezins and Andrejs Savko, according to information from Pietiek portal.

Both ex-prosecutors have stated the same address as the location for their practice – Old Riga, Kramu Street. Both began working as lawyers in 2010. Krauze is known as the prosecutor in the Vladimirs Vaškevičs case.

According to Pietiek, the former security officers will soon be faced with charges for 15 confirmed cases of unsanctioned tapping into communications within the territory of Riga International airport in clear breach of laws of the Republic of Latvia. This illegal tapping was used to access communications of the airport’s employees and companies working there. Rubezis and Savko were dismissed from airport service along with Lazdiņš. However, it is unknown if charges will be presented to the latter at all.

The fact that he has friends in law enforcement institutions is shown by the simple lack of response of Security Police and Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau to applications that provided information about his possible illegal activities at the airport, misuse of authority and possible information leaks to businessmen tied to Russian special services.

The Prime Minister, Transport Minister, CPCB, Security Police and Prosecutor General’s office were all informed of Lazdiņš’s possible illegal activities at the beginning of 2013. Nevertheless, he remained in his post until December 2013, when the airport’s management published information about unsanctioned tapping into Riga Airport’s internal communications. Only then did Security Police react and launched an investigation.

Authorities and officials had been informed about illegal tapping into communications 11 months prior to the launch of an actual investigation. Information that was provided to them stated that ‘Lazdiņš had formed a security service that employed different information equipment to get information about different entrepreneurs and private persons. This same equipment was only partially used to provide security for the airport.’ In order to do this, the airport’s Security Department led by Lazdiņš was provided with access to different databases, courtesy of his friends in Security Police.

Lazdiņš is also suspected of working with businessman Igor Malishkov. The latter is suspected of serving the interests of Russian special services.

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