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Former Environment Minister Pūce fined over parking permit scandal

The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) has fined the former Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Juris Pūce, regarding the use of municipal parking without appropriate permit, Latvian Radio reported February 15.

The punishments are also applied to the former head of the temporary administration of Riga City Municipality, Edvīns Balševics, and the former deputy of Riga City Council Andris Bačkurs, KNAB said.

On 12 November 2020, the former Minister for Environment and Regional Development, Juris Pūce, announced his resignation after being accused of  using the Rīga City Council parking permit even though he was no longer a deputy of the council.

KNAB has completed a review of the public statements regarding alleged violations in the use of monthly parking permits to the Rīga municipality parking lots.

The Bureau found that three officials – Pūce, Balševics and Bačkurs – had not complied with the restrictions and prohibitions imposed by the Law on Prevention of Conflict of Interest in the Activities of State Officials. KNAB reported that Balševics and Bačkurs had transferred property belonging to the Riga City Council – the monthly permit of the municipal parking lots – to Pūce. Pūce had accepted this and used it for his own benefit

Officials have been held to administrative responsibility for failing to comply with the rules of law, and KNAB has imposed a fine of €400 on Pūce and Bačkurs.

 

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