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Two police officers arrested in Latvia; search performed in office of high-rank police official

Internal Security Bureau has arrested two State Police officers under suspicion of theft or misappropriation on a small scale.

The bureau has also performed a search at the office of State Police Riga Region Precinct Patrol Police Department Chief Vadims Juniks.

IDB has confirmed that two officers that have been arrested are accused in accordance with Section 180 of the Criminal Law. This section detailed criminal liability for theft, fraud or misappropriation on a small scale. The punishment for this crime includes deprivation of freedom of up to one year, community service or fine.

Both officers have been applied with security measures not associated with deprivation of freedom. Both officers have been suspended from duties in State Police.

In the interest of the investigation, no additional information is released at this time.

Currently it is unknown if Juniks is among the two officers. State Police press representative Ilze Jurēvica confirmed that a search was performed in Juniks’ office on Thursday, 28 September.

Juniks is in charge of road police, patrols and escort of individuals.

Declarations available on the website of the State Revenue Service show that Juniks is an experienced police officer. He has served in SP for 17 years. In 2010, then the president of Latvia Valdis Zatlers awarded Juniks with the Order of Viesturs.


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