Names emerge in alleged bribery case

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The Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) wants to press charges against businessman Igors Trubko for allegedly offering a bribe to Martins Kossovics, chairman of For/Progressives group on Riga City Council, according to the information at the disposal of LETA.

As previously reported by LSM, KNAB had already announced the case without identifying the names of those involved but praising the local government official for acting properly and reporting the illegal approach.

However, according to LETA, Trubko, the board chairman of Rigas Namu Apsaimniekotajs housing manager, rejected his connection with the bribery case. He said that he does not know anything about it, and his income declaration clearly shows that he does not have millions at his disposal.

The database shows that Trubko since 2018 is the board chairman at Rigas Namu Apsaimniekotajs. Also, he is the beneficial owner of the company. Last year the company turned over EUR 2,613,229 in sales and earned EUR 244,124 in profit.

According to the information published on KNAB's website, Trubko in 2002-2013 supported two political parties, donating in total of EUR 49,904. He supported the Reform Party (Zatlers' Reform Party) and Latvia's Social Democratic Workers Party that was in the Riga City Council coalition at the time.

The prosecutor's office in the nearest time has to decide whether to press charges against Trubko, end the criminal case or send it back for further investigation.

KNAB reported that the evidence obtained in investigation suggests that an individual, being chairman of a joint stock company, offered a EUR 2.1 million bribe to a lawmaker of the Riga City Council to win a tender and take over house management from another company.

Kossovics confirmed to the media on Wednesday that there had been an attempt to bribe him. "Yes, I was offered a bribe. When a bribe is offered to me or any other politician, there is only one right thing to do - to report it to the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB), cooperate with KNAB and provide full information," Kossovics said.

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