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KNAB arrests former Rigas Satiksme head Bemhens

BC, Riga, 14.12.2018.Print version
The now former head of the Riga Satiksme (RS) municipal transportation company Leons Bemhens has been taken into custody by the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB), according to unofficial information obtained by LETA.

The KNAB has also turned to the Riga Vidzeme District Court to order him be taken into custody.

Bemhens' mobile phone is currently turned off.

Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs (Harmony) suspended Bemhens in wake of the corruption scandal at RS earlier this. The company's board also resigned on Thursday.

Usakovs previously said that according to the information available to him, Bemhens does not have a status in the criminal case and that Bemhens himself confirmed this to him.

As reported, the Corruption Prevention Bureau has started a criminal case on three procurement tenders organized by Rigas Satiksme: 2016 tender to buy low-floor trams for a total of EUR 62,597,477, 2013 tender to buy trolley-buses for a total of EUR 131,646,135, and one more 2013 tender to buy buses worth EUR 75,808,297.

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