Former Riga City Council official arrested at Riga Airport

Former Riga City Council official Ārija Stabiņa, wanted by Latvian law enforcement authorities for corruption, was arrested at Riga International Airport on Thursday, Māris Geida, head of the international cooperation division of the Latvian State Police, informed LETA.

The police official said that Stabiņa, who on November 5 was detained in Egypt, was later deported from this country and Egyptian authorities informed their Latvian colleagues about the flight on which Stabiņa would arrive in Latvia. The Latvian authorities organized Stabiņa's detention at the airport.

Geida also noted that a European warrant had been issued for Stabiņa's arrest, so she was immediately taken under arrest and not just detained.

In September 2012, the Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau informed that it was probing Stabiņa, the head of the housing administration of the Riga City Council Housing and Environment Department, for graft. Stabiņa was accused of accepting bribes in return for manipulating waiting lines for municipal housing.

After the law enforcement authorities decided to launch a criminal prosecution against Stabiņa, she disappeared in 2013. A year after her disappearance the fugitive of justice was put on the international list of wanted criminals.

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