Conspiracy suspected in Detox doctor’s murder

  • 2010-05-26
  • From wire reports

RIGA - Following the murder of doctor and narcotics specialist Igors Kudajevs on March 4 this year in the Riga suburb of Kengarags, police have come to the conclusion that it was organized by his wife, with the purpose of acquiring his property, with the treacherous act carried out by her brother, reports news agency LETA. Riga State Police spokesman Toms Sadovskis said that the doctor’s wife was arrested on suspicion of his murder already on March 9, and on March 11 a court decided that she should be remanded to custody as a security measure. The couple had previously made a decision to divorce, and therefore the police believe that it was in the interest of receiving her husband’s property that had motivated Kudajevs’ wife to organize his death.

Later in the investigation, on May 5, the women’s brother was recognized as a suspect in the case, and a decision was made on May 20 to remand him to custody. However, this has not been carried out, as the man’s whereabouts are unknown. The police have reason to believe he is in Belarus, and so an international search has been announced.
Riga Region Criminal Police Chief Andrejs Grisins previously confirmed that at around 10:30 p.m. on March 4, a man was found dead in the Riga suburb of Kengarags. The victim was later revealed to be the 40-year-old doctor and director of the Detox Medical Center, Igors Kudajevs.

Kudajevs was murdered in a stairwell in a building on Aviacijas Street. The assailant shot the doctor two times. The doctor was a rehab expert who worked with drug addicts and alcoholics on a daily basis. He also made house calls.
Drug rehab doctor Janis Strazdins (Union of Greens and Farmers) commented previously that arriving at the home of drug addicts is very dangerous, because one never knows what state the patient is in. “The doctor is very unprotected,” Strazdins pointed out.