Cor­rup­tion watch­dog: Bank of Latvia gov­er­nor’s case may be sent to prose­cu­tor soon

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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.

Evija Tri­fanova/LETA

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