Former Rēzekne mayor to be prosecuted for false financial statements

On April 26, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) handed over to the Prosecutor's Office a criminal proceeding in which it obtained evidence that Aleksandrs Bartaševičs, former mayor of the Rēzekne municipality, had failed to provide full information on transactions with real estate and natural persons totaling almost EUR 270,000 in his declarations as a public official for 16 years, KNAB said.

Without mentioning the person's name, KNAB said that evidence obtained in the pre-trial investigation shows that in the period from 2007 to 2023, the former chairman of the Rēzekne City Council failed to disclose information on two real estate properties in Bulgaria that he jointly owned with a relative in his public official declarations. 

He reportedly also failed to disclose in his declarations transactions related to the purchase and sale of these properties for a total amount of 205,786.50 euros, as well as transactions with natural persons for 64,000 euro.

As a result of the pre-trial investigation, the KNAB has requested the Prosecutor's Office to initiate criminal prosecution against the former Chairman of the Rezekne State Municipality for providing false information in the statutory declaration of income, property, transactions or other assets, if the false information was provided in respect of assets of a large amount. eave office, which in turn serves as a benchmark for the development of a fairer and more open society, KNAB noted.

The KNAB stated that persons involved in criminal proceedings have the right to defense and recalls that the presumption of innocence applies at all stages of criminal proceedings.

As reported earlier, Bartaševičs is also accused of classified information disclosure.

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