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Police find no evidence of homophobic crime in Tukums case so far

Regarding the tragic event in Tukums where a man was set on fire and later died of his injuries, no evidence has currently been found that a homophobically motivated crime had occurred as initially speculated, State Police said in a release May 5.

State Police are continuing an active investigation into the incident in Tukums, which took place on April 23 this year. The current set of evidence from the investigation does not point to a specific homophobic criminal offence, according to the police.

Criminal proceedings are currently carried out in accordance with the first paragraph of Article 124 of the Criminal Law, connected to provoking a person to suicide or attempted suicide by cruel treatment of the victim or systematic demeaning of his or her personal dignity.

Initially reported as a possible homophobic hate crime, LTV reported April 27 that the deceased had a history of mental illness involving some previous incidents with fires. The full circumstances are still being investigated by police and at the moment, in the interests of the investigation, the police refrain from disclosing further details. 

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