Latvia may keep a further €25 million thought to have been stolen in Ukraine, but the move has been contested at the highest level by a Ukrainian off-shore firm, reported LTV's De Facto on November 26.
Riga Regional Court has approved releasing businessman Boriss Rjazanskis, who in 2015 was convicted of bribery and handed down a five-year prison sentence - but appealed the verdict, on EUR 0.5 million bail, the LETA newswire reported November 23.
This is a video that needs little introduction save to say it involves an unwise flag theft by two Austrian visitors and an absolutely epic telling-off administered by Riga's municipal police force in fluent English - with a little bit of German at the end for good measure!
Latvian state police said November 21 they had a new leader in the race to be the dumbest driver in the country after speed cameras caught a motorist doing 213 km/h in a 90 km/h zone.
Latvia's most famous whistleblower Ilmārs Poikāns has asked for the president to pardon his 60 hours of community service, he told the press November 17.
A young Latvian man was sentenced November 16 to 10 years behind bars for his attempts to join the Islamic State or Daesh terror organization, reported LSM's Latvian language portal.
An international group of tax fraudsters has been apprehended as a result of a joint cross-border operation by the Latvian and Dutch authorities, the Latvian State Revenue Service said on November 8.
Andis Pinkulis, the board chairman of Sadales Tikls power distribution operator, has quit his post after Economics Minister Arvils Aseradens suggested he might bear responsibility for allegations that some combined heat and power (cogeneration) plants obtained their green energy operating licenses by fraudulent means.
The Supreme Court on October 27 upheld Riga Regional Court’s January 17 ruling sentencing Ilmars Poikans, Latvia's most famous whistleblower, to 60 hours of community service, the court’s representative Baiba Kataja told the LETA newswire.
The Prosecutor General’s Office has started a criminal procedure over the general bonuses that have been paid to employees of Riga Teacher Training and Education Management Academy, the office’s spokeswoman Aiga Eiduka said on October 27.
The State Police's Economic Crime Unit has detained eleven persons suspected of defrauding Ogre Region municipal housing agency Ogres Namsaimnieks of €90,961, including three high-ranking employees at the agency, the State Police told LETA on October 26.
The Competition Council has fined construction supplies retailers Depo DIY, Kesko Senukai Latvia and Tirdzniecibas Nams Kursi a total of 5.78 million euros for running a cartel, the Competition Council's representative Toms Noviks told the LETA newswire October 12.
Saeima gave permission October 12 for criminal proceedings to get under way against judge Aija Ornina, in connection with allegations of bribery.
The often slow pace of justice in Latvia was brought into sharp focus October 10 when the LETA news agency reported that last year, almost half of all criminal cases being investigated by the State Police were more than five years old.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled against Latvia in three cases, it said October 5.
The payment of so-called 'envelope wages' to avoid labor taxes is not the only unsavory dish on the menu scandal-hit sushi chain Tokyo City, the LTV investigative show Forbidden Methods has discovered.
Latvia's tax authority has started a tax evasion probe at the Tokyo City eatery chain, according to Latvian Television's (LTV) Forbidden Methods show.
Latvia's parliament, the Saeima, finally adopted amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law September 28 that will see the merger of the Revenue Service’s Finance Police and the Customs Police.
The 110 Taiwanese citizens who were detained in Riga and the Riga region in August for telephone fraud have been deported to their country of origin, Latvijas Avize daily reported on September 27.
The Czech court decided on September 21 to extradite Ansis Ataols-Bērziņš, a man convicted for participating in the 2009 riots, reported LTV.
A traffic monitoring camera was burned down on the A8 road near Jelgava on September 20, reports LTV. It is the third camera consumed by flames this year.
The police have arrested a major gang of money launderers and tax fraud perpetrators swindling the state out of the Value-added Tax, causing losses of about €1.7m to the state budget within the past 18 months, the State Revenue Service said.
The Riga based Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism, Re:Baltica, has released the first in a new series of reports outlining the close ties between Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) and smugglers of contraband goods into the Baltic states.
Ten potential 'modern slaves' from Latvia working for very little pay were discovered in Derby, United Kingdom, with six people arrested in connection with the case, the BBC reported September 13. It later emerged both the alleged criminals and victims were Latvian.
In a move notable chiefly for its utter predictability, a fugitive wanted by Latvia for involvement in a politically-connected bribery case has gone back on the run after being given the chance to do so, the LETA news agency reported September 11.