This isstated in the response of the Latvian to the inquiry of the TViprogram on tender news.
"In connection with the purchase by Ukrainianenterprise CHERNOMORNEFTEGAZ of the floating drilling unit(platform) on March 1, 2011, on May 16, 2012 the Office forCombating Economic Crimes of the Criminal Police of Latvia uponlegalization of criminal proceeds, a criminal case N. 11816009312was initiated in accordance with part 3 article 195 of the Criminallaw of Latvia," said the response.
Head of the First Department for CombatingEconomic Crimes of the State Police Janis Celms told TVi that toestablish the flow of funds to the bank account of HighwayInvestments Limited its account in the Latvian Trastkomertsbank wasarrested.
"Thus, the criminal procedure process in Latviaprovides account arrest in which case the client naturally cannotdo anything with his account. We have conducted our proceduralactions," said Celms.
Latvian law enforcement agencies have alreadysubmitted requests to Ukrainian prosecutors to question the personsinvolved from the Ukrainian side.
"We'll have to question the citizens of Ukraine,yes. But, as you know, we cannot force them to come," hesaid.
"And if we cannot we will do it through legalassistance. Internationally, we have asked Ukraine for help and arewaiting for a response. Legal aid - to question or to conductcertain investigations in the territory of Ukraine," saidCelms.
The Latvian law enforcement does not disclosedthe names of those involved in the case and theirstatus.
As you know, in 2011 the UkrainianChornomornaftogaz acquired drilling platform through a frontintermediary - ostensibly a British firm Highway InvestmentsProcessing LLP.
This increased the real price of the tower from250 to 400 million dollars. The huge difference in price, factuallya loss for the Ukrainian budget has stayed in the accounts ofHighway company."