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MP Zakis not reelected to Unity's board

Dzintars Zakis. Photo: Ieva Čika/LETA.
 RIGA, Dec 2 - During yesterday's Unity party congress, the head of the party's group at Saeima Dzintars Zakis was not reelected to the party's board.

Unity's board now consists of Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, MPs Andrejs Judins, Aleksejs Loskutovs, Lolita Cigane, Edvards Smiltens, Janis Reirs, Ina Druviete, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks, Welfare Minister Ilze Vinkele, Finance Ministry Parliamentary Secretary Karina Korna, Eiropean Parliament Member Karlis Sadurskis and Inese Vaidere, as well as the head of the Unity's Zemgale branch Inga Priede and Riga branch Olafs Pulks.

As reported, according to documents made public by journalist Lato Lapsa earlier this year, who also writes for the investigative news portal ''Pietiek.com'', Zakis purchased a new ''Volvo XC60'' at the beginning of the year without paying the state approximately EUR 8,880 in VAT.

Zakis purchased the vehicle through a company owned by him - ''Datoru centrs Ltd.''.

Zakis loaned his company LVL 34,571. This money was then transferred to the company's account so that Zakis could purchase the automobile and exempt him from personally paying the VAT for the vehicle.

However, for the deal to go through so that Zakis does not have to pay VAT for the vehicle, the car was initially sold to a Lithuanian company for EUR 40,100, but that company afterwards sold the vehicle to Zakis' company.

The Lithuanian company was paid EUR 1,000 for the service, while Zakis' company was exempt from paying VAT for the vehicle.

''As a result, Latvia lost EUR 8,800 in tax revenue from the deal,'' Lapsa pointed out.

After this, Zakis signed an agreement with his own company that the new automobile will be given to him to use while he remains a parliament member in the 11th Saeima. Furthermore, on April 13 of this year, Zakis' company pawned the vehicle to Zakis himself for LVL 27,971.

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