Murdered lawyer Rebenoks' business partner injured in the attack

Saturday night, police said high-profile lawyer Pāvels Rebenoks had been found murdered in his home. Police now have confirmed an injured person in the case, Rebenoks' business partner Ingus Balandins, Latvian Television reported September 20.

LSM reported that Rebenoks was the chairman of the council of JSC Olainfarm from 2018 to 2019, but in 2019 he became a member of the board of the Freeport of Riga Authority. In February 2020, Rebenoks was elected Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Freeport of Riga Authority, but already in April he announced that he was leaving the administration. Also in 2019, Rebenoks was the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Latvenergo AS. Until recently,  Rebenoks was adviser to the former Minister of Economics Ralfs Nemiro (KPV LV).

Last year, Rebenoks told police and the security services that there had been threats to his life. A robbery had taken place alongside the murder, said police.

Police are now currently investigating two possible scenarios, said Gita Gžibovska, a representative of the State Police (VP). One is linked to a robbery motive, the other - to Rebenoks' professional activity. Police said Rebenoks' business partner in the veterinary clinic "Frančeska VET" Ingus Balandins had sustained severe injuries in the attack.

Former Minister for Economics Ralfs Nemiro told Latvian Television that Rebenoks had been a close friend to him. "It is the third [murdered] lawyer, there have been customs workers blown up recently. Where are we now?" said Nemiro. 

Last year, lawyer and judge Uldis Bērziņš was shot in his house in Mārupe; two years ago, another prominent lawyer Mārtiņš Bunkus was shot, whose murder remains unsolved. There is no suggestion at the moment that the cases are connected.

 

 

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