Customs officers sentenced to prison for bribery

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The Economic Affairs Court of Latvia (ELT) on March 24 charged several customs officers with bribery in one of the so-called “Terehova cases”, according to LETA.

Publicly available information in the judicial system shows that the case, eight people were accused: Kaspars Kravalis, Žanis Razguļajevs, Aleksandrs Losevs, Juris Ostrovskis, Edgars Laizāns, Lāsma Losāne, Juris Bogdanovs, and Andris Noviks.

Fines of EUR 6,200 have been imposed on all persons and the right to take office of a public official has been withdrawn for a period of five years.

Kravalis is also sentenced to four years in prison, Razguļajevs has been sentenced to three years and six months in prison, while the rest of the accused have been sentenced to three years.

Initially suspected of corruption, 29 officials were detained at the Terehova customs control post  in 2021, 21 of whom were identified as suspects and their cases were prosecuted. The criminal proceedings against eight officers were terminated due to a lack of evidence.

In a previously settled “Terehova case”, a plea deal was made between the prosecutor and the accused, where four persons were sentenced to probation or a fine. They accepted bribes of at least €800 in several episodes between February 26 and April 8, 2021.

The court still has another Terehova case. 

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