Latvian businessman and daughter to be charged with corruption

The Latvian Prosecutor General's Office has decided to press corruption charges against businessman Jūlijs Krūmiņš, his daughter Marija Čerņavska and an official of the Health Inspectorate but will send the criminal case against the Mayor of Jūrmala, Gatis Truksnis (Greens and Farmers Union), back to the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) for additional investigation, according to LETA's sources.

KNAB said in a press release that on April 20 it had asked the Prosecutor General's Office to bring criminal charges against a Health Inspectorate official, a Jūrmala municipal official, an individual and a board member of a corporate entity.

According to LETA's sources, the municipal official is Truksnis, the individual is Krūmiņš and the board member of a corporate entity is Čerņavska.

According to KNAB, the board member and a relative had offered bribes to the Health Inspectorate official to obtain a positive opinion needed for official completion of a building in Jūrmala. They had also offered free use of an apartment in Jūrmala to the Jūrmala municipal official in exchange for his support to the city council's decision about zoning changes in respect of a property in Jūrmala. In both cases, the duo eventually got what they wanted.

KNAB wants the Health Inspectorate official to be charged with two counts of bribe-taking and a forgery related to the official duties. The anti-corruption bureau also asked the prosecutor's office to charge the Jūrmala municipal official with two counts of bribe-taking and the board member of a corporate entity and the board member's relative with corruption.

KNAB said that prosecutor's office had pressed charges against the the Health Inspectorate, the board member of a corporate entity and the board member's relative but had ordered additional investigation concerning the Jūrmala municipal official.

Prosecutor Maris Leja confirmed this to LETA, and said that the criminal case against the Jūrmala municipal official had been sent back to the KNAB for additional investigation because the existing evidence was not sufficient.

As reported, Truksnis and Krūmiņš are among the suspects in another criminal case investigated by KNAB on suspicions of large-scale illegal financing of two political parties - For Latvia From The Heart and the Greens and Farmers Union.

Krūmiņš is a well-known figure who likes to pose with a cigar. 

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