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Fake news kingpin sentenced to seven months in prison

Rīga City Latgale district court has sentenced Niks Endziņš to seven months in prison for calls to “eliminate the Chinese”, the court told newswire LETA April 26.

Endziņš was found guilty of committing a criminal offence provided for in the second paragraph of Article 78 of the Criminal Law on national, ethnic and race hate incitement and in the first paragraph of Article 231 of the Criminal Law on hooliganism.

According to Article 52 of the Criminal Law, Endziņš' presence in custody from 31 January last year until 6 April last year was included in the sentence period.

Niks Endziņš was detained by the State Police at the end of January 2020 – after he falsely claimed that a woman infected with a dangerous virus had arrived in Latvia from China and had traveled through Riga to the hospital in public transport. The video also featured hate-ridden statements toward the Chinese. 

It is not the first time that Endziņš has fallen foul of his appetite for passing off bad-taste fantasy as breaking news.

As previously reported by LSM, in 2018 State Police arrested him for spreading fake news that disrupted public peace and the operations of companies and institutions. The police launched a criminal probe after one of Endziņš' websites - redzams.net - on July 15 2018 published a news story that the Alfa shopping center in Rīga had collapsed, with several hundred people dead and many injured. 

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