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On detention of person

On 8 May 2018, DP detained a person within the criminal proceedings, which were in DP’s records. The respective criminal proceedings were initiated on 18 April 2018 on the grounds of criminal offence, the liability of which is stipulated in Section 10 of the Criminal Law for “Crime against the State” and other criminal offences. In relation to the initiated criminal proceedings as well as the detention of the person, court searches authorized by court being carried out. However, taking into consideration the investigatory interests, DP refrains from further comments. DP reminds that no person shall be considered guilty until the guilt of such person has been determined in accordance with the procedures laid down in the respective Law. Information prepared by DP

On Initiation of Criminal Proceedings

On April 20, 2018, DP detained a person in relation to possible activities drawn against the Republic of Latvia. The detention of the person was conducted within the current criminal case in DP records initiated on 4 April 2018 in relation to the activities drawn against the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, official authority and the political system of the Republic of Latvia by breaching the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia. The criminal liability of such activities is stipulated in Section 80 Article 1 of the Criminal Law. In relation to the initiated criminal proceedings as well as the detention of the person, there are court authorized searches being carried out in the objects related to the respective person. However, taking into consideration the investigatory interests, DP refrains from further comments. It is to note, that the person has previously come to the attention of DP. Previously DP has proposed to start a criminal prosecution against the person in accordance with Section 78 Article 2 for deliberate incitement to national, ethnic and race hatred or cause of conflict by using automatic data-processing system. DP reminds that no person shall be considered guilty until the guilt of such person has been determined in accordance with the procedures laid down in the respective Law.

Information regarding the criminal proceedings in relation to espionage

On 26 February 2018, DP proposed to initiate a criminal prosecution against a citizen of the Republic of Latvia pursuant to Section 85 Paragraph 1 of the Criminal Law for illegal collection of non-disclosable information with intention to pass it or the act of passing to a foreign country or foreign organization directly or through a third party, or illegal collection or passing of non-disclosable information pursuant to an assignment from the foreign intelligence service directly or through a third party, as well as to Section 233 Paragraph 2 for making, repairing, buying, keeping, carrying, transporting, transferring or selling of guns, gun parts, gun munition, pneumatic weapons, explosives or explosive gadgets without a requested license. During the criminal proceedings initiated in December 2017, it was established that the citizen of the Republic of Latvia tasked by Russian intelligence and security services collected intelligence on the infrastructure of National Armed Forces as well as other objects of their interest and passed it to them for a prolonged time. It was additionally established during the investigation that the citizen of the Republic of Latvia was involved in cooperation with an officer of Russian intelligence and security service within the territory of Russia. On 19 December 2017, an authorized search was conducted at the place of living of the respective citizen of the Republic of Latvia, during which firearms, ammunition, explosives were found. However, the person did not possess a special license for their storage. By taking into account the evidence collected during the pre-trial investigation, the authority directing the proceedings decided to propose to initiate criminal prosecution against the citizen of the Republic of Latvia and submit the materials of the criminal proceedings to the Prosecutor’s Office. DP reminds that no person shall be considered guilty until the guilt of such person has been determined in accordance with the procedures laid down in the respective Law.

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