In­sol­vency ad­min­is­tra­tor Bunkus’ at­tack­ers’ car iden­ti­fied. Po­lice urge res­i­dents to re­port in­for­ma­tion

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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 izmek­le­ta­jiem@vp.gov.lv. Anonymity is guar­an­teed, po­lice as­sure.

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