Claim: Murdered lawyer's bank safes were emptied after his death

Safe deposit boxes in the name of murdered attorney Mārtiņš Bunkus were emptied of their contents following his death, according to claims in the news weekly Ir, reported by the LETA newswire.

According to Ir, the day after Bunkus' high-profile 2018 murder when he was gunned down in broad daylight in what appeared to be a well-planned professional 'hit', two safe deposit boxes held at ABLV bank and SEB bank were emptied. The safes were in the name of Bunkus' aged grandmother but were used by the lawyer and were believed to contain important documents and possibly large amounts of cash.

The deceased's mother, Dace Bunkusa, believes that the actions were performed by Mārtiņš' brother Kaspars Bunkus and her ex-husband Ojārs Bunkus, and admitted that the police had not previously been fully informed of the family's internal actions and further suggested that not only Mārtiņš but also Kaspars had been indirectly involved in the lucrative liquidation proceedings of Trasta komercbanka, which had been shut down by the financial regulator, and which may have generated large cash payments which were not disclosed to the authorities. Kaspars Bunkus denied any involvment in Trasta komercbanka's liquidation to the magazine.

Mārtiņš Bunkus was also involved in the early stages of the liquidation of ABLV bank following that bank's blacklisting by U.S. authorities. That liquidation process continues to this day.

Despite the brazen nature of the Bunkus murder -- he was gunned down at the wheel of his Range Rover from the back of a flatbed van -- and initial police confidence that they would catch those responsible, there are still no suspects in the case. 

The family had previously offered a reward for information leading to the identification of the murderer and has been maintaining a campaigning website. A post earlier this year said "After the murder of Mārtiņš, we did our duty and provided all possible information to law enforcement authorities that could help solve the murder case of M. Bunkus."

 

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