Latvian Occupation museum arson suspect detained

The State Police detained a person who may be responsible for throwing a Molotov cocktail into the office of Solvita Vība, head of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis (New Unity) confirmed to Latvian Television and LETA on March 1.

He expressed great gratitude to the State Security Service and the State Police for their professional work in identifying and detaining the person.

“Excellent cooperation with Riga Municipal Police (RP) has played an important role here and the operational detection of the crime was due to the RPP Videomonitoring Center,” says the minister.

Police reportedly detained the suspect in Jelgava. He is a Latvian citizen and is thought to have not acted alone.

Criminal proceedings have been initiated on the basis of Section 185(2) of the Criminal Law for committing intentional destruction of or damage to property of another if it has been committed by arson or in another generally dangerous way, which provides for deprivation of liberty for a period of up to ten years.

Kozlovskis points out that this offense should be assessed in conjunction with the hybrid war conditions we currently live in, and such crimes represent a serious threat to national security. He hopes this crime will be judged with all the severity of the law and the punishment will be appropriate to the offense.

As reported, an incendiary device was thrown into the Museum of Occupation of Latvia overnight to Tuesday, resulting in a chair and papers burning on the first floor of the head's office in an area of 0.5 square meters.

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