RIGA - The former board chairman of the road construction and maintenance company Celu Parvalde, Martins Lauva (Harmony Center), has been named as a suspect in the Corruption Prevention Bureau’s (CPB) investigation of the company, reports LETA. With this, the CPB has five suspects in the case.
Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs (Harmony Center) accepted resignations from Celu Parvalde’s council and board chairmen, Sergejs Zaletajevs (Harmony Center) and Lauva.
On Oct. 11, the CPB detained four former and current officials of Celu Parvalde on suspicion of bribery, large-scale fraud and legalization of illegal finances. A criminal process has been launched.
The bureau has established that a 10,500 lats’ (15,000 euros) bribe was given, with the help of four persons, to sign an agreement which would benefit a certain businessman.
On Oct. 12, CPB officers carried out a search at Celu Parvalde.
Zaletajevs called the developments a “provocation,” while Lauva commented that CPB’s activities have only one objective - to dissolve the current council and board.”
Currently, the Riga City Council owns 88.7 percent of shares in Celu parvalde.