Several searches conducted in Riga, Tallinn on suspicion of violating international sanctions

  • 2020-02-05
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - On suspicion of violating international sanctions, the State Security Service (VDD) has conducted a number of searches in Riga and Tallinn, LETA learned from the service.

The searches were made in a criminal procedure launched on December 19, 2019, on part 3 of Section 84 of the Criminal Law on violation of sanctions imposed by international organizations committed by a group of persons according to a prior agreement.

As VDD reports, in cooperation with the Estonian Security Police, a number of searches were conducted in sites linked with suspects in Riga, the vicinity and Tallinn, obtaining a large number of documents and data carriers.

"Information obtained during investigation suggests that a group of persons, according to a prior agreement, ensured that a person, against whom EU sanctions were imposed for activities against Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence, has access to large-scale financial resources," VDD said in its statement.

At present, there are two suspects in the case. Restrictions that do not include deprivation of liberty are imposed on them. There are also several persons with a status of persons against whom a criminal process has been started.

VDD declined to give more detailed information, citing the necessity to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

Latvian Television reported earlier that it is possible that the State Security Service (VDD) carried out searches last night at the offices of the Baltijas Mediju Alianse media group.