Anti-graft squad sends Magonis' €0.5m bribery case to court

Latvia's anti-corruption force, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB), has requested the Prosecutor General to start prosecuting Uģis Magonis, the former head of Latvian Railways (LDz), for accepting a €500,000 bribe.

The KNAB has requested that Magonis be prosecuted for accepting a large bribe, while another individual is suspected of bribing a state official.

Magonis is suspected of accepting a bribe worth €500,000 in connection with a tender for four diesel locomotives organized by the railway company's subsidiary, LDZ Ritosa Sastava Serviss, which was won by Estonian businessman Oleg Ossinovski's company Skinest.

Magonis was detained August 7 last year and in October released on an unprecedented €400,000 bail, the largest in Latvia's history.

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