Corruption watchdog: Bank of Latvia governor’s case may be sent to prosecutor soon
The criminal case involving the governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs may be sent to the prosecutor’s office within the next couple of months, said Chief of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau Jēkabs Straume in an interview to Rīta panorama programme of LTV.
He said the investigation is going as planned and there are no signs of any hiccups along the way. «The investigator handling the case and the supervisory prosecutor have said this case will make it to the stage of criminal prosecution,» said Straume.
He also said he feels no political pressure in relation to this case.
Ilmārs Rimšēvičs is accused of bribery. The size of the bribe in question is at least EUR 100,000. Businessman Māris Martinsons was detained on suspicion of possible support of the crime but later released.
CPCB reports that this criminal case is neither related to any credit institutions that operate in Latvia nor the report published by US Department of Treasury about ABLV Bank. The case may be indirectly associated with Trasta komercbanka. Neither CPCB nor Rimšēvičs’ side confirm or deny this.
Rimšēvičs’ lawyers, meanwhile, have turned to European Court of Justice to challenge the aforementioned restrictions. Lawyer Saulvedis Vārpiņš had previously said that a case has been launched against the Latvian state.