New graft charges fired at Skele

  • 1999-10-07
RIGA - While none of the charges has stuck, corruption allegations have dogged Andris Skele's political career. This time, the Latvian prime minister is accused of demanding a payoff to change tariffs affecting a major foreign investor.The latest scandal broke Oct. 1 with allegations in the Neatkariga Rita Avize newspaper. The daily reported that during his first term as PM, Skele allegedly told former Danish Ambassador to Latvia Michael Morck that the Danish-owned House of Prince tobacco factory could have the higher tariffs it was demanding on imported cigarettes if it paid $50,000 to a...
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