Former Latvian Justice Minister in the frame as anti-corruption cops swoop

A former Justice Minister was reportedly detained by officers of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) July 8, along with two other people in connection with a bribery probe, reported LSM's Latvian language service. 

Riga City Councillor and deputy rector of the University of Latvia, Baiba Broka, is one of three suspects under investigation for accepting a bribe of not less than 20,000 euros, according to unofficial information.

Broka served as Justice Minister in 2014.

Ina Druviete, Vice-Rector for Humanities and Educational Sciences at the University of Latvia, confirmed to the LETA news agency that KNAB staff had arrived in the university July 8.

KNAB reported that it was conducting urgent criminal proceedings, including several searches, within the framework of a criminal investigation on Monday. The criminal proceedings concerned bribery of a public official who may have worked as a result in the interests of certain entrepreneurs, the agency said, without naming any of the involved parties.

On July 9, the LETA newswire reported that the bribe that features in the criminal probe was registered as a donation to the Broka-led Latvian Biathlon Federation, though again, this information was unofficial in nature. The same day, the University of Latvia announced that her contract for her 60,000-euro per year position had been terminated, reported LSM's Latvian-language service.  

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