KNAB: Latvenergo officials received about 8 million euros in bribes

  • 2012-09-11

RIGA - The now-former Latvenergo officials have received around 8 million euros in bribes, and were about to receive another 11 million euros before the Corruption Prevention Bureau’s investigators intervened, as the bureau’s chief Jaroslavs Strelcenoks told the press today.

Yesterday the Corruption Prevention Bureau forwarded to the Prosecutor General's Office a criminal case on bribery during the reconstruction of the Plavinas power plant and the Riga 2nd cogeneration plant, asking that 17 persons be held responsible. Strelcenoks, however, declined to reveal their names.

The Corruption Prevention Bureau wants the prosecutor's office to charge four former "Latvenergo" officials with taking bribes, and two of them also with money laundering. The bureau also wants four authorized representatives from foreign companies to be charged with offering bribes, eight with money laundering, and one with aiding and abetting bribery.