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Secret documents end up in the hands of convict of central prison

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULast year, convicts of Central prison acquired restricted access information regarding other convicts. Documents of this kind include information regarding convicts themselves, including sections of the law in accordance with which they had been sent to prison.

This means the convicts hold information about other convicts who had possibly provided testimony in regard to other crimes. Documents they had acquired also contained information regarding their relatives, home addresses and psychological character profiles. This is a very serious breach of data security. Such information can make life insufferable in prison, as reported by Nekā personīga programme.

The package containing 59 plans for punishment completion and re-socialization was found by Valters Raumanis, a convict sentenced to prison for serious crimes. He found them in his personal locker. Documents contained information about convicts: charges, family, psychological description and security measures. According to the programme, Raumanis had kept these documents secret from other convicts. He then wrote a letter to the prosecutor’s office. The documents were handed over to authorities three weeks later.

«I told them [investigators] that I do not know who would put these documents into my locker. I can only speculate on the motives behind such a decision. They were just there in my locker; I didn’t touch them. The room is very secure. There are many convicts, and I didn’t want them to start looking into those documents. As far as I can tell, there is secret information about convicts in them. I didn’t want to start any conflicts in the prison,» – said Raumanis.

When asked what would have happened if document had ended up in the hands of other convicts, he said: «Well, let’s say someone was charged with Section 60, and had provided information on someone else in regard to committing the same or oven more serious crime. No one wants other to know he had provided information on others. There would be big trouble is someone found out. There are also convicts charged with paedophilia.»

Raumanis had nonetheless given one of the folders to the person detailed in it. This convict has asked investigators to tell whether or not there is reason to launch a criminal process against prison officials. He has also informed the Ombudsman about this.

A criminal process has been launched. It is now known the documents that had ended up in the hands of Raumanis were scheduled for incineration. In 2008 and 2009, following the merge of Matiss and Central Prison, officials and offices were relocated, and old cases of convicts were brought to a single room. That room was then accidentally flooded, so materials were moved to another place. When exactly the aforementioned documents had gone missions and how they ended up in the convict’s locker will be determined by the investigation.

«Of course, there is always the possibility of a human factor. Mistakes are commonly made – there is no doubt about that. This, however, is no mistake. It is an emergency situation. The convict who voluntarily brought those documents to authorities should be thanked for not letting this information spread to other convicts. The investigation will show how the documents ended up in a secure room and who is responsible for it,» – explains Chief of Prison Administration Ilona Spure.

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