Latvian prosecutor hands central bank chief graft case to court
10 Jul 2019

A corruption case against Latvian central bank governor Ilmars Rimsevics has been handed to a court for consideration, the Latvian Prosecution Office said on Tuesday, more than a year after he was first detained by anti-corruption agents.

Rimsevics, a top policy-maker at the European Central Bank, was detained by the Latvian anti-corruption agents in mid-February last year and was later charged with accepting bribes – a pleasure trip and 250,000 euros from a Latvian bank – and money laundering.

“The court now has to consider whether it will accept the case,” Viorika Jirgena, the prosecutor in charge of the case, told Reuters.

Rimsevics, who has denied all wrongdoing, will see his term at the Latvian central bank end later this year. He has been barred from office in Latvia but was allowed to resume his duties at the ECB earlier this year.

By Gederts Gelzis, Reuters, 9 July 2019

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