Business tycoon also linked to Broka bribery probe

The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) operatives investigating a recent criminal case of bribery detained not only Baiba Broka, a Riga City Council member and former Justice Minister, but also businessmen Guntis Ravis and Ivars Millers, the LETA newswire reported July 9.

Ravis is a co-owner of Skonto Group, a major building company. His representative Elina Dobulane told LETA on Tuesday that the Corruption Prevention Bureau had raided Ravis' office and residence.

Millers is the owner of company M Investicijas Fonds, which, according to Firmas.lv, owns a 5 percent stake in Ravis' construction company Skonto Buve.

KNAB confirmed to LETA earlier on Tuesday that three persons had been detained in the criminal case on Monday, including one public official. As previously reported, that public official is Broka.

KNAB said it had information that a public official, as a deputy chairperson of a procurement commission, could have supported certain businesspersons by accepting a bribe, which was registered as a donation to a society. The bribe amount was at least EUR 20,000. LETA said that the bribe money was registered as a donation to the Broka-led Latvian Biathlon Federation.

Over the past three years, the Latvian Biathlon Federation has received three donations of EUR 20,000 each, including from company Roadeks, which, according to Firmas.lv, is indirectly owned by Skonto Buve's beneficial owner Ravis.

Broka herself was released from detention July 10 and said she denied accepting any bribe before being whisked away in a waiting Mercedes-Benz.

 

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