News/LATVIA: REPORTERS INVESTIGATING LATVIAN PAEDOPHILIA

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Subject: News/LATVIA: REPORTERS INVESTIGATING LATVIAN PAEDOPHILIA
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Dec 20 1999 - 21:18:42 EST


16Dec99 LATVIA: REPORTERS INVESTIGATING LATVIAN PAEDOPHILIA SCANDAL SAID TO
HAVE BEEN PRESSURED.
Text of report in English by Latvian news agency LETA

Riga, 16th December: Information at the disposal of the Saeima
investigative commission on the paedophilia scandal indicates that members
of the press who have been conducting independent investigations into the
trafficking in human beings, paedophilia, pornography, prostitution and
adoption of children abroad, have been illegally pressured (censored), says
the commission's interim report.

At this time, thanks solely to the active cooperation between reporters and
Saeima [parliament] deputies, the Prosecutor General's Office has been
forced to bring charges against Jurijs Jurjevs, Jurijs Kutirevs, Ingus Tuns
and Deniss Hohlovs [Latvian versions of names as given], notes the report.

The information gathered by the commission proves that an intricate
criminal scheme was at hand, including the Logos Centre's [so-called
modelling agency's] network for trafficking in human beings. International
contacts have been detected which were utilized by representatives of the
Logos Centre, says the interim report.

The international network includes connections with Finland, Germany,
Sweden, Norway, the US, the Netherlands, Russia and Slovakia.

The Prosecutor General's Office has been unable to explain why it has not
utilized international cooperation agreements on fighting crime in
requesting the assistance of law enforcement institutions abroad, notes the
investigative commission.

Source: LETA news agency, Riga, in English 1052 gmt 16 Dec 99.
BBC Worldwide Monitoring/ (c) BBC 1999.
BBC MONITORING INTERNATIONAL REPORTS
BBC MONITORING FORMER SOVIET UNION - POLITICAL 16/12/1999

Melanie Orhant

morhant@igc.org
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