Au­thor­i­ties re­voke Bank of Latvia gov­er­nor’s ac­cess to of­fi­cial se­crets

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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.

Ieva Čīka/LETA

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