Authorities revoke Bank of Latvia governor’s access to official secrets
Constitution Protection Bureau has officially revoked the permit held by governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, who is accused of bribery, denying him access to official secrets, as confirmed by his lawyer Saulvedis Vārpiņš.
The Constitution Protection Bureau says the investigation is over. No comments are provided by the bureau.
In February, Rimšēvičs was made suspect in a criminal case launched by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau in accordance with Part 4 of Section 320 of the Criminal Law – for requesting and accepting a bribe. The estimated size of the bribe in question was at least EUR 100,000. Businessman Māris Martinsons was also detained initially, but later released from custody. A security measure not associated with deprivation of freedom has been applied to him. CPCB has announced that the criminal case is not associated with credit institutions that work in Latvia or the report from US Department of Treasury about ABLV Bank.
Rimšēvičs has announced that he has no plans to step down. His duties are currently performed by deputy – Zoja Rasmusa.