News/LATVIA: TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS CONNECTED WITH LAW

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Subject: News/LATVIA: TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS CONNECTED WITH LAW
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Sat Dec 18 1999 - 09:50:21 EST


16Dec99 LATVIA: TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS CONNECTED WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT
INSTITUTIONS.
By Dainis Mielsons LETA.
RIGA, Dec. 16 (LETA) - There are links between trafficking in human beings
and officials at various law enforcement institutions (except the courts),
includin g the Prosecutor General's Office and other prosecution
institutions, according to the information at the disposal of the Saeima
investigative commission, its interim report says.
The commission has obtained information on the involvement of public and
privat e institutions, as well as high-ranking officials in utilizing the
services res ulting from trafficking in human beings, including sexual
services provided by juveniles.
The names of high-ranking officials were mentioned in testimony and
statements, however, there is no legal basis for releasing these names for
the time being, the commission believes. The Prosecutor General's methods
in gathering evidenc e provides an opportunity for the top officials at the
mentioned institutions t o exert influence on witnesses and to conceal
evidence, including evidence agai nst high-ranking officials, the interim
report declares.
(c) LETA 1999.
LATVIAN NEWS AGENCY 16/12/1999

Melanie Orhant

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