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    Several persons detained for murder of attorney and former judge Uldis Berzins in July 2019

    RIGA, Feb 18 (LETA) - The State Police have detained several persons suspected of murder of lawyer and former judge Uldis Berzins in July 2019, LETA has learned.

    Police officers carried out ten searches on January 6 as part of the criminal case, the Criminal Police's Chief Andrejs Sozinovs confirmed. During the searches, the police seized a large number of items that could be used as evidence in the criminal case.

    The police have also arrested several people previously convicted of murders, thefts and other crimes, Sozinovs said.

    Active pre-trial investigation is underway to collect more evidence, the police said. The criminal case deals with murder and armed robbery.

    Sozinovs declined further comment, therefore it is currently unknown how many persons have been detained in the case.

    As reported, Berzins was shot dead on the evening of July 20 when he arrived at his home in Marupe, where he encountered burglars. Berzins was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds, and later died in the hospital.

    The police said that at least two criminals broke into Berzins' private home, tied up an elderly lady who also lived there, and proceeded to burglarize the house. When Berzins and his wife arrived home, the criminals fired several shots at Berzins and fled.

    • Published: 18.02.2020 17:21
    • Gatis Kristovskis, LETA
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