Latvian central bank chief suspected of taking bribes

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Latvian central bank chief suspected of taking bribes
Latvian central bank chief suspected of taking bribes

HELSINKI (AP) – Latvia’s anti-corruption agency says it suspects the nation’s central bank chief of demanding and receiving bribes of at least 100,000 euros ($125,000) and has started a criminal investigation against him.

The agency said Monday that no formal charges have so far been filed against Ilmars Rimsevics, who is also on the top policymaking council of the European Central Bank.

On Friday, the agency raided the office and a property of Rimsevics and detained him on Saturday.

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis said after an extraordinary Cabinet meeting Monday that the central banker will face “restrictions” to be announced later.

He was quoted by the Baltic News Service as saying: “At the very minimum, he will be banned from continuing in office.”

FILE – In this Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 file photo, Gov. of Bank of Latvia Ilmars Rimsevics holds a euro note in Riga, Lavia. Latvia’s state broadcaster said Saturday Feb. 18, 2018, that the national anti-corruption agency raided the office and a property of the head of the country’s central bank, Ilmars Rimsevics. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov, File)
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