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Internal police detain Latvia's Border Guard chief

The Internal Security Bureau (IDB) detained and later released the Chief of State Border Guard Guntis Pujāts, according to LETA information September 4.

Border Guard spokeswoman Kristīne Petersone confirmed to Latvian Radio that IDB had been in the border guards' room on Friday, September 4, but did not comment on what exactly the IDB did.

Pujāts' lawyer Alla Juraša said Pujāts had acquired the status of a suspect. He has been released but various security measures have been applied, including prohibition to perform his duties or to leave the country.

The detention is allegedly related to a case in Eastern border construction process. 

Pujāts denies the accusations. "He fully denies. He is shocked. He doesn't even understand. We acquainted ourselves with the decision on the suspect status. The decision is completely unclear. To my question as to which duties he has not performed, the investigator could not answer. So we think this is all totally unfounded and unlawful," said Alla Juraša.

As reported, last year the IDB detained former Chief of State Border Guard Normunds Garbars. He was detained on suspicion of financial fraud and violations committed during infrastructure development at Latvian-Russian and Latvian-Belarusian border. Court later ruled against taking Garbars into custody.

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