At least EUR 1.5 million paid in bails under criminal procedures in past five years

  • 2019-02-19
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA – In the past five years at least EUR 1,535,000 have been paid in bails under criminal procedures in Latvia, LETA learned from the Court Administration.

The Court Administration was not able to name the exact sum of money because "unreasonably large amount of manual work is necessary to compile this information".

The largest bails paid under criminal procedures include EUR 500,000 and EUR 400,000 paid into the state budget once, EUR 80,000 bail paid four times, EUR 50,000 paid three times, EUR 45,000 paid once, and EUR 40,000 paid three times.

Often courts decide on bails in criminal cases on corruption. For example, a bail of EUR 500,000 was set in the case against insolvency administrator Maris Spruds. The bail was paid in early 2018. This is the largest bail in the history of Latvian judicial system and officially it was paid by Spruds’ brother Kristaps Spruds.