With help from Omega counter-ter­ror­ism unit, State Po­lice res­cues a hostage held cap­tive on a yacht

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On Wed­nes­day, 3 Oc­to­ber, Lat­vian State Po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that a Lat­vian cit­i­zen was be­ing held cap­tive on board a yacht in the wa­ters of the Baltic Sea.

With in­volve­ment from State Po­lice Omega counter-ter­ror­ism unit, Na­tional Armed Forces and Lat­vian State Bor­der Guard, a res­cue op­er­a­tion was per­formed. Thanks to their com­bined ef­forts it was pos­si­ble to re­lease the kid­napped man and ar­rest the sus­pect, as re­ported by State Po­lice. Around 08:00 in the morn­ing on 3 Oc­to­ber, State Po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing pos­si­ble kid­nap­ping of a 1965-born man. The kid­napped man was found on board of a yacht in the Baltic Sea. The vic­tim had re­ported what hap­pened to his rel­a­tives, who then con­tacted State Po­lice. Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Of­fice of the Main Crim­i­nal Po­lice De­part­ment of the State Po­lice im­me­di­ately com­menced the nec­es­sary op­er­a­tive and in­ves­tiga­tive ac­tiv­i­ties. Con­sid­er­ing the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion, op­er­a­tives of State Po­lice Omega counter-ter­ror­ism unit, Latvia’s Na­tional Armed Forces and State Bor­der Guard were asked to as­sist in pre­par­ing the res­cue op­er­a­tion. A he­li­copter of Latvia’s Na­tional Armed Forces was de­ployed from Riga to Roja, the clos­est last known lo­ca­tion of the yacht. War ships of Lat­vian Na­tional Armed Forces and State Bor­der Guard pa­trol ship were also in­volved in the op­er­a­tion, po­lice re­port.

Po­lice stress that it is thanks to close co­op­er­a­tion among all in­volved services it was pos­si­ble to de­ter­mine the ex­act lo­ca­tion of the man. The kid­napped man was found on board a yacht in the Baltic Sea gulf, ap­prox­i­mately one hour jour­ney away from the coast.

‘Around 13:00, the hostage cri­sis was re­solved. The pos­si­ble kid­nap­per was ap­pre­hended as well. The sus­pect is a 1971-born cap­tain of the ves­sel. Ac­cord­ing to avail­able in­for­ma­tion, the man has no crim­i­nal record,’ po­lice ex­plain.

The vic­tim and sus­pect know one an­other. Ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim, he was brought from Swe­den to Latvia against his will. There was no one else on board the yacht at the time of the op­er­a­tion. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues. Both the sus­pect and vic­tim are Lat­vian cit­i­zen, State Po­lice adds. Look­ing back at the op­er­a­tion, Chief of Crim­i­nal Po­lice De­part­ment’s Homi­cide In­ves­ti­ga­tion Of­fice of State Po­lice Romāns Jašins says: ‘We re­act to every call in or­der to save lives. A large num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers, sol­diers and bor­der guard of­fi­cers were in­volved in this op­er­a­tion, and it is not im­por­tant how much of our re­sources are used to achieve the goal!’

A crim­i­nal process has been launched in ac­cor­dance with Part 1 of Sec­tion 153 of the Crim­i­nal Law –ab­duc­tion of a per­son.

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