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Charges presented in Daimler bribery affair in Latvia

BC, Riga, 29.10.2013.Print version
Yesterday prosecutor Velta Zaluksne read the charges in the so-called Daimler bribery affair in Riga Central District Court, whereas the next court hearing is scheduled for January 30, 2014, informs LETA.

There are six persons officially charged in the Daimler bribery affair – ex-Riga Mayor Gundars Bojars' then-advisor on transport affairs and Rigas Satiksme council deputy chairman, Leonards Tenis, the director of a company registered in Sweden, Raimonds Krastins, businessman Sergejs Zambers, a certain Agris Korosevskis, as well as Bojars' then-advisor Armands Zeihmanis and his wife, Vita Zeihmane.


Tenis' attorney Saulvedis Varpins said after the court meeting that his client would plead not guilty, and Krastins' representative Rinalds Buss said likewise.


As reported, investigators have established that Riga City Council officials received bribes from Daimler so that it would win public transportation purchase tenders in Riga. The Daimler manufactured ''Mercedes Benz'' public transportation buses were eventually purchased by the Riga municipal public transportation company Rigas Satiksme. A total of 117 "Mercedes Benz" buses were purchased by the municipal company between 2002 and 2006.

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