Insolvency administrator Bunkus’ attackers’ car identified. Police urge residents to report information
In relation to the murder of insolvency administrator Mārtiņš Bunkus, Latvia’s State Police ask residents who saw an orange-red VW LT with registration number JD 5960 with a cargo box covered with a red or orange tent to report any information they have to authorities.
Police also urge residents who know anything about car registration plate forgeries. So far the investigation has found out about an orange-red VW LT being used in the armed attack on the insolvency administrator. The car had a forged registration number JD 5960. The car was found abandoned and burned shortly after the murder. Sworn attorney, insolvency administrator Mārtiņš Bunkus was shot dead in his car at 08:40 in the morning in near Brothers Cemetery in Riga, Aizsaules Street 1 on Wednesday, 30 May.
Interior Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis said that it was likely a hired hit. The reason may be associated with the victim’s professional activity. However, police do not exclude other possibilities.
The van in question spotted near the murder scene was found shortly after the murder – abandoned and burned.
The White Range Rover, driven by Bunkus, was shot through the wind shield on the driver’s side. The care was on its way towards the Brothers Cemetery when it was attacked. The car steered off the road, ran over a road sign and crashed into the fence of the cemetery, damaging it.
State Police have commenced a criminal process in accordance with Section 116 of the Criminal Law. Witnesses are asked to report any information they have to authorities.
Bunkus was one of the lawyer assistants attracted by Trasta komercbanka’s liquidator Armands Rasa to help out in the process. Rasa refused to provide comments on this situation.
In 2016, Bunkus submitted an application to police in relation to threats he had received. A criminal process was launched, as confirmed by State Police Criminal Police Office Chief Andrejs Grišins.
He said it is possible there were at least two shooters involved in the 30 May crime. There are no suspects currently.
A day before his murder, Bunkus has called off two auctions, during which it was planned to sell properties worth EUR 400,000 previously owned by managers of insolvent SIA Rego Trade, according to an official entry in Latvian Herald.
State Police urge all residents with information regarding the aforementioned car. Any information residents can provide may be useful for the investigation. Witnesses can report information to 110, 67014002, or by contacting investigators at email@example.com. Anonymity is guaranteed, police assure.