Case against whistleblower likely to be dropped

Despite attempts by the Security Police to secure the criminal prosecution of Juris Jurass, the former head of the Criminal Intelligence Process Division at the Latvian Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB), the prosecutor has decided to close the criminal probe that had been launched against him over disclosure of state secrets, the prosecutor’s decision obtained by LETA suggests.

Arson possible cause of toxic blaze

Prima M, the company which owns the territory in the Latvian sea-side resort-rown Jurmala where a major fire occurred June 18 to 19, suspects arson to be the cause, LETA reports.

Magazine releases 'oligarch case' transcripts

Conversations recorded by anti-graft authorities in 2009-2011 reveal the influence of so-called oligarchs within the Riga Commercial Port, airBaltic and other prominent companies, painting a picture of political power subverted to serve the business interests of the few, reported the Ir news weekly that released transcripts of the conversations on June 15.

Please keep it in your pants, gents

Riga's municipal police pounced on a public penis June 16, slapping said errant appendage with a hefty 250 euro fine for petty (or perhaps petit) hooliganism.

New anti-corruption chief approved

Latvia's parliament, the Saeima, on June 15 approved the appointment of a new head of the national anti-corruption bureau, a position that has been fraught with problems for the last decade.

One released in 'Trasta' graft probe

Jorens Raitums, one of the persons detained in the so-called Trasta Komercbanka case, has been released from custody, the LETA newswire reported June 13.

New anti-corruption chief named

The new head of Latvia's dedicated anti-corruption force, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) has been named.

Illegal cigarette factory busted, seven detained

The State Revenue Service's Customs Police have busted a major counterfeit cigarette production facility in Babite Region, the Revenue Service's Director General Ilze Cirule told a press conference May 25.

What have you got in the trunk? Oh, a Portuguese tourist.

Riga's ever-vigilant municipal police scored another success May 22 when they found a Portuguese citizen in the trunk of a Riga taxi. Luckily, this was not the victim of a mafia hit en route to burial in an obscure forest, but a gentlemanly volunteer.

Map: Crime rate across Latvia

The Vārkava municipality has the lowest registered crime rate in Latvia at 6.12 per 1,000 inhabitants, followed by Vaiņode and Ērgļi at 6.4 and 6.48 respectively.