RIGA - The former head of the Saeima National Security Committee and ex-Interior Minister Dzintars Jaundzeikars (Latvia’s First Party/Latvia’s Way) was taken to Riga Stradins Hospital due to serious health issues, reports LETA. Jaundzeikars’ lawyer, Pavels Rebenoks, said that on Dec. 9, when he arrived at Riga Central Prison to meet with his client, he was told that the meeting was not possible since Jaundzeikars could not move on his own, and an ambulance was called in.
The doctors inspected Jaundzeikars and decided to transport him to Riga Stradins Hospital. It is possible that Jaundzeikars is suffering from a cardiac disease.
On Nov. 15, the Riga Regional Court decided to keep Jaundzeikars in custody. He is under suspicion for violating Criminal Law, Paragraph 94 and Paragraph 144 - instigating the divulgence of state secrets, and dissemination of confidential information in correspondence or by telephone.
The TV3 investigative news program ‘Neka Personiga’ (Nothing Personal) previously reported that Jaundzeikars was given top-secret information from a Corruption Prevention Bureau (CBP) officer in exchange for cash. There are three suspects in the case altogether, as a go-between was used by the former interior minister and the CPB officer.
CPB agents arrested Jaundzeikars early Nov. 2 after searching his home in Limbazi District (northeastern Latvia). He was ordered held in custody on Nov. 3.