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Bank of Latvia head appeals against decision to remove his access to state secrets

Ilmārs Rimšēvičs/flickr.com/The Bank of Latvia.

The Bank of Latvia President, Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, who is suspected of accepting a bribe, has appealed to the Prosecutor General, Ēriks Kalnmeiers, against the decision by the Latvian Constitution Protection Bureau (CPB) to remove his permit to access state secrets.

According to Latvian law, a decision by the CPB can currently be appealed against before the Prosecutor General; however, amendments will come into force on July that set forth an appeal procedure before an administrative court as to decisions on changes in the status of permits to access state secrets.

The lawyer of Rimšēvičs, Saulvedis Vārpiņš, noted that in case the Prosecutor General would uphold the decision by the CPB, they would turn to the administrative court.

Reportedly, the CPB has after its investigation into the matter officially revoked the permit held by governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, denying him access to official secrets.

In February, Rimšēvičs was made suspect in a criminal case launched by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB) 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 U.S. Department of Treasury about ABLV Bank.

Rimšēvičs has announced that he has no plans to step down. His duties are currently performed by his deputy – Zoja Razmusa.


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