The evidence obtained in the KNAB pre-trial investigation shows that the former officials of the LDz Board succeeded in establishing a new executive body to receive significantly higher remuneration, bonuses and allowances for the performance of duties for which they had already been determined and paid.
It has already been reported that this investigation is related to the time when the Chairman of the Board of LDz was Edvīns Bērziņš. At that time, a presidential council was established in LDz, which had been declared illegal by the Constitutional Court, however, this council was not abolished either.
Based on the rules of procedure of this council, Latvian Railway former managers could be paid large compensation when their employment with them was terminated in mid-2019. According to the declarations of officials submitted to the State Revenue Service, Bērziņš received compensation in the amount of 250,000 euros and Aivars Strakšas, a member of the Board, in the amount of 200,000 euros.
At the beginning of 2020, the Minister of Transport Tālis Linkaits (JKP) applied to the Prosecutor General’s Office, which initiated criminal proceedings and the pre-trial investigation was entrusted to the KNAB. Link to the portal at that time Lsm.lv It was pointed out that the Ministry of Transport had applied to the law enforcement authorities regarding the amount of compensation paid to Bērziņš and Straks.
The pre-trial investigation revealed that in the period from January 1, 2013 to August 18, 2019, the former officials may have abused their official position for greedy purposes and illegally earned additional income for the performance of their direct duties.
As a result of almost six years of criminal activity by officials Latvian railway a total material loss of 1,553,896.83 euros was caused.
Now the Riga Court District Prosecutor’s Office, as the facilitator of the proceedings, has to decide on the prosecution.
Source: Diena.lv by www.diena.lv.
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