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Police asks for prosecution against Riga Freeport boss

The Latvian Economic Police (ENAP) in October has asked the prosecutor's office to launch criminal prosecution against two officials of the Riga Freeport suspected in abuse of official powers for illegitimate private gain, State Police spokesman Toms Sadovskis told BNS Wednesday.

According to unofficial information in disposal of BNS and Latvian Radio, the two suspects are Riga Freeport long-standing CEO Leonids Loginovs and his deputy Aigars Pecaks.

Police said that after the State Audit Office in 2013 reported on alleged violations in the Riga Freeport, the Economic Police started a criminal procedure or the so-called Riga Freeport case.

During investigation, it was established that two Freeport officials might have abused their official powers for illegitimate private gain. Then the Economic Police separated this case from the general case.

There are a possible three episodes about which the officials are suspects. First of all, bonuses were paid during a time when the Cabinet of Minister had prohibited state institutions to do so.

Secondly, the Riga Free Port has financially supported the Liepaja Maritime College for a total of more than €100,000 as well as for supporting the victims of the Fukushima earthquake (€7,114). In October the Economic Police has sent this separated case to the prosecutor's office for launch of criminal prosecution.

Investigation in the Riga Freeport case is still ongoing.

According to Latvian Radio, Loginovs is suspected of making an unlawful donation from the funds of the Riga Freeport. 

Loginovs, believed to be one of the country's wealthiest individuals, has controlled the Riga Freeport since 1998.

He has held on to the pivotal administrator’s role despite many unsuccessful attempts to dislodge him. State Auditor Elita Krūmiņa in May 2014 and in September 2013 pointed to the need for disciplinary action regarding disorder in the institution’s activities.

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