KNAB pushes for trial in 2 million euro bribery case

On December 15, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB)  said it was asking for a criminal prosecution against an unnamed individual for offering a bribe of more than 2 million euros to a public official, making it potentially on the of the biggest bribery cases in Latvian history. 

According to the anti-graft agency, the evidence obtained in its investigation shows that the individual, identified only as chairman of a joint stock company, offered a 2.1 million euro bribe to a member of Rīga City Council to win a tender and take over a house management company.

KNAB chief Jēkabs Straume said: “Bribery is a serious criminal offense, and legislation has clearly established that criminal liability for bribery occurs not only when the bribe is physically handed over, but also when the bribe is only offered to an official. In such cases, it is important for the official to remember the main steps: do not agree, but do not immediately reject the offer, asking for time for reflection, and contact KNAB immediately. I am pleased that the officials are choosing to cooperate with KNAB.”

KNAB sent materials of the criminal case initiated on 13 September 2021 to the Prosecutor's Office for the Investigation of the Service of State Institutions of Criminal Offenses. It is now up to the prosecutor's office to decide whether to  bring the case to trial.

 

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