Anti-corruption cops act against alleged corrupt cops

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Latvia's dedicated anti-corruption force, the Corruption Combating and Prevention Bureau (KNAB) said Thursday it had launched criminal proceedings against a police officer and a police official whom it suspected of serious corruption related to their work investigating economic crimes.

KNAB did not name the suspects in its news release on the subject, but LSM's Russian-language service named one of the officers as Gatis Gudermanis, the former head of the state police's department to combat economic crimes.

"During the investigation, the body of evidence collected gives reason to KNAB investigators to believe that the officials have been involved in a number of criminal offenses," KNAB said.

Charges against Gudermanis include embezzlement, falsification of documents (including secret documents), abuse of position and repeatedly soliciting and accepting bribes via an intermediary worth €25,383.

In addition the unnamed police official was guilty of turning a blind eye to known criminal offenses causing the loss of a further €63,897.

"During the pre-trial investigation it was found that the former state police official... was involved in falsification of 99 documents classified as official secrets," KNAB said.

In total KNAB is asking for 11 instances of embezzlement, 11 of falsification of documents for the purposes of acquiring property, 18 of bribery and 99 instances of falsification of documents as part of a group by prior arrangement to be prosecuted.

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