The Financial Police of the State Revenue Service in August busted an organized group that had been illegally selling luxury automobiles and household equipment, avoiding to pay more than €2.8 million in value added tax (VAT), LETA was told at the Revenue Service.
Latvian State Police said August 15 they had undertaken a major operation August 14 in and around Riga during which they arrested 110 people, including large numbers of foreign nationals.
About 90% of people arriving in Latvia as asylum seekers leave the country, said Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis (Unity) appearing on LTV on August 9.
The Riga City Vidzeme District Court on August 4 acquitted Artjoms Skripniks, a man from the south-eastern Latvian city of Daugavpils, who was charged with illegal participation in the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
Eurocops are asking the public for help tracking down the continent's most-wanted criminals, with two Latvian drug smugglers and an armed robber among their number.
The two Russian citizens who illegally entered the Adazi military base in the summer of 2015 while the Saber Strike exercise was taking place have been given short prison sentences, which they had already served, and their accomplice Vladimirs Lindermans has been acquitted by a Riga district court that heard the case.
An announcement published in the official state gazette, Latvijas Vestnesis, says the Latvian government has imposed sanctions against Taiwanese Hsien Tai Tsai in connection with North Korea's nuclear missile program.
A web of complex property deals, large-scale financial transactions involving offshore companies and links to Russia that is the center of attention in Washington D.C. also has - or potentially had - a Latvian connection.
The Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office has handed to Vilnius court a criminal trial of three Latvian citizens charged with unlawful cash movement.
Around 100 people gathered in Riga July 13 to demand the resignation of Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers for perceived inaction on the so-called "oligarch conversations" case.
A Riga-born man faces up to eight years in prison after a shocking crash in which he, under the influence of alcohol, drove his car into a man during a public event. The crash was shot on a widely shared video that has shaken the Latvian public, reported LTV on July 10.
In an astounding move June 27, it was revealed that from 2009 to 2015 three Latvian banks were used to channel funds to the North Korean communist dictatorship through offshore companies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the late hours of June 12, locals at the Imanta suburb called the police after hearing noises and the light went out inside their stairwell.
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.
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.
Prosecutors sent a criminal case over embezzling 90 million euros from collapsed Latvijas Krajbanka to court last week, officials confirmed June 9.
Latvia's cabinet of ministers on June 6 backed proposals that would prevent people photographing, filming or even drawing buildings and other facilities deemed to be "critical infrastructure".
Latvia's anti-graft squad, the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) has asked the prosecutor’s office to charge five persons, including Anatolijs Abramovs, a former head of Riga Central Market.
The new head of Latvia's dedicated anti-corruption force, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) has been named.
A wanted couple was caught taking a moonlit dip in the Riga canal on the late hours of May 25, the Riga Municipal Police said.
Two suspected computer hackers wanted in the United States have been arrested in Latvia, the LETA newswire reported May 28.
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.
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.
Latvia's child protection authorities have fined a social worker at the Jelgava City Orphanage €210 for abusing a child, reported Latvian Radio on May 25.