Prosecutor caught demanding $10,000 bribe

  • 2004-04-22
  • By The Baltic Times
The Corruption Prevention and Control Bureau announced on Monday that it has detained a prosecutor suspected of demanding a bribe of $10,000 for withdrawing a state appeal.

A spokesperson for the Prosecutor's Office confirmed that prosecutor Juris Pelss had been detained and that Prosecutor General Janis Maizitis has suspended his position.
The spokesperson also said that the prosecutor's office assisted the anticorruption bureau in carrying out the operation.
The person who allegedly acted as mediator in handing over the bribe has also been detained, the Baltic News Service reported.
According to the prosecutor's spokesperson, the prosecutor's office will continue this "self-cleansing process" and called on people possessing information about dishonest prosecutors to report it to law enforcement institutions.