Police detain murderers of lawyer Bunkus

  • 2022-05-24
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The police have detained several people, including the contract killer and the person who ordered the murder, in the murder case of insolvency administrator and lawyer Martins Bunkus, LETA learned from the State Police.

The police did not disclose any more details on the detained persons as investigation in the case is ongoing.

Romans Jasins, the head of the 1st department at the Criminal Police, said that this definitely is one of the largest investigation cases on contract killing in the history of the State Police. The case also attracted huge public interest.

"The investigation now is at a stage when we can surely say that it has been successful. We have identified almost all persons involved in the crime, and today the involved people were detained in a carefully planned operation," said Jasins.

The case has been requalified to a criminal case on a murder committed in especially aggravating circumstances if it has been committed by an organized group. Such a crime carries a life sentence or 15-20 years in jail.

As reported, Bunkus was shot while driving his vehicle on the morning of May 30, 2018, when he drove past the Riga Forest Cemetery.

A burned vehicle with fake number plates was later found, which was most likely involved in the murder.