Latvian anti-graft cops search Preiļi council offices

The Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) has conducted procedural operations, including a sanctioned search of the Preiļi District Council offices, according to information reported by LTV on November 5.

District Council Chair Maruta Plivda (Latgale Party) was named by LTV as a person of interest for KNAB officers, as well as members of the Construction Board.

According to information from KNAB, on Tuesday, November 5 they conducted emergency criminal proceedings, including a sanctioned search, related to to a previously launched investigation. The criminal process was initiated on October 4 in accordance with Criminal Law 327, section 2 on the prior arrangement of the falsification of a service by a group of persons.

KNAB received information that on August 6 and 7, 2019, four Preiļi District Council officials, with the support of two more Preiļi District Council officials, possibly falsified an act on the commission of the renovated Preiļi District Council building. Preiļi District Council officials showed the aforementioned act to a State Construction Control Bureau inspector, who was conducting and extraordinary structure inspection on August 7, 2019.

Six persons currently have the rights of defense, of which four have been detained. As required by the Criminal Law, the decision on the process of applying security measures will be decided within 48 hours.

"In the interest of the investigation, KNAB cannot at this time reveal any further information regarding the specific criminal process. KNAB emphasises that no person can be considered guilty without conviction," the anti-graft force said in a statement.

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