The cooperation agreement worth 2.83 million euros was concluded in August 2017 and provided for the establishment of the “Rīgas satiksme” data center, where the company would store various types of necessary information. “At the end of the year, it was necessary to decide whether to extend this cooperation, but considering that the construction company is related to a person suspected by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, the interim board decided to terminate the contract,” Zaķis explained.
The company has not completed the work entrusted to it and the temporary board of “Rīgas satiksme” has decided to hire a certified construction specialist to perform a full analysis of the work performed so far. Once the opinion has been received, a decision will also be taken whether to continue the project.
The information available at Firmas.lv shows that Jevgenijs Savčuks, Vitalijs Hrapovs, Jekaterina Kotova and Velga Stūre are on the board of Moduls Engineering. The steering wheel also works for the company “MM investīcijas”, “MMA Invest”, “BE Projekts” owned by Martinsons’ son and other companies related to the Martinsons family.
Since December, the company’s interim board has suspended a total of three procurements involved in the corruption scandal and has also begun evaluating the Skanstes tram line project.
As reported, KNAB has initiated criminal proceedings in connection with three procurements performed by “Rīgas satiksme”. Bribery of officials and money laundering are being investigated.
One of them is the purchase of “Rīgas satiksme” low-floor trams in 2016, the total amount of which was 62,597,477 euros, KNAB informed. The archive of the agency LETA shows that as a result of this procurement an agreement was concluded between “Rīgas satiksme” and the Czech company “Škoda Transportation” for the supply of 20 low-floor trams.
The second is the procurement organized by “Rīgas satiksme” for the delivery of trolleybuses in 2013, the total amount of which was 131,646,135 euros. The Czech company Škoda Electric won the procurement, receiving the right to supply 125 trolleybuses.
The third procurement is the procurement performed by “Rīgas satiksme” in 2013 for the delivery of buses in the amount of 75,808,297 euros. The Polish company “Solaris Bus & Coach” has won it and it intends to deliver 175 new buses to Riga, concluding the entire delivery in 2019.
At the beginning of December, the Vidzeme Suburb Court of the City of Riga remanded six of the seven suspects in custody as a precautionary measure. After eight days in prison, Alexander Krjaček, a long-term member of the party “Honor to Serve Riga”, was released. The former head of Rīgas satiksme Leons Bemhens and the director of the infrastructure maintenance and development department Igors Volkinšteins, Škoda Transportation official Vladislavs Kozaks, businessman Maris Martinsons and businessman Edgars Teterovskis are still in custody.
Elina Kokina, a member of the board of the company “Tram Servis Riga”, which was now liquidated by Tozovskis’ wife and Kozaka, has been given a non-custodial security measure.
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