Anti-graft office detains person for offering €1 million bribe to police

At a time when the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) is grabbing headlines across Latvian news outlets, the office on December 18 published information over yet another arrest, this time over an attempt to bribe a policeman with over €1 million.

According to KNAB, after funds worth €32,000,000 were frozen in the bank account of an undisclosed company as part of a probe conducted by the State Police, a representative of this company tried to get the freeze lifted, using a go-between.

The person contacted a State Police officer and offered him more than €1 million as a bribe. However, the officer reported the attempt to bribe him to his superiors who in turn alerted KNAB.

On November 9, the individual in question was detained as he was handing a part of the bribe - €85,000 - to the officer.

The anti-graft office does not reveal the names of the people involved. According to information obtained by LTV, the arrested person is not a citizen of Latvia. 

The KNAB has sent the materials about the case to the prosecution, the office told the press.

KNAB also accompanied the news with an infographic.

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