The Latvian State Police (VP) has completed its investigation into the murder of seven-year-old Justīne Reinikova and on November 17, the materials were handed over to the East Latgale Prosecutor's Office for the initiation of criminal prosecution against two persons – the girl's father and stepmother.
An investigation into a prisoner's escape from the Riga Central Prison earlier this year has not yet been completed, but mistakes have been found by prison staff. However, the escapee, a man arrested for attempted murder, already recorded numerous other violations while serving his sentence, Dmitrijs Kaļins, head of the Prisons Administration, told Latvian Radio in an interview November 2.
On October 30, the administrative district court rejected a claim by the former mayor of Ventspils, Aivars Lembergs, who wanted compensation for what he said was damage to his health while serving time behind bars for crimes of corruption.
Former Bank of Latvia President Ilmārs Rimšēvičs has just stood trial in his third criminal case – this time he is accused of buying a Covid-19 vaccination certificate and using the fake document during three trips. Rimšēvičs does not admit his guilt and says he has been vaccinated, Latvian Television's De Facto reported on October 29.
Nearly EUR 6 million has been defrauded from Latvian residents this year. Police have observed an increase in the number of victims. While fraud schemes are largely not new, fraudsters have significantly improved methods of psychological assault or social engineering. They most often work in large groups, Latvian Television reported October 19.
On October 16 this year, the State Security Service (VDD) urged the Prosecutor's Office to commence criminal proceedings against a taxi driver who, on behalf of the criminal organization “Baltic Antifascists” in Latvia, purposefully and systematically collected information against Latvia's national security interests for the Russian special services, the VDD said Thursday.
Drug consumption has increased this year, say the State Police. They have become more dangerous over the past year, with unknown substances and more readily available. Latvian Television conducted an experiment to find out how quickly it was possible to negotiate a drug purchase. Police were unsurprised about the results, LTV reported October 19.
The sending of threatening messages to hundreds of Latvian schools, kindergartens and other institutions last week was most likely organized by Russia, the head of the National Security Commission of the Saeima, Ainars Latkovskis (New Unity), told the "Krustpunktā" (Crossroads) program of Latvian Radio, October 17.