Central banker Rimšēvičs says his house was burgled

An already bad week for Latvian central bank chief Ilmārs Rimšēvičs got even worse on the night of February 23 when, according to his lawyer Saulvedis Vārpiņš, his house was burgled.

An already bad week for Latvian central bank chief Ilmārs Rimšēvičs got even worse on the night of February 23 when, according to his lawyer Saulvedis Vārpiņš, his house was burgled.

It was the same property in the village of Langstini on the ouskirts of Riga that was raided by KNAB anti-corruption officers a week ago and which was the prequel to his two-day detention on suspicion of soliciting or accepting bribes - accusations the central banker denies.

"The situation shows that it was a planned and professionally-organized operation," said Varapiņš.

Rimšēvičs was not home at the time of the intrusion, and the lawyer did not say where his client had been. The police were immediately informed and are investigating.

Vārpiņš did not reveal what belongings had been stolen, not did he say what security measures the alleged thieves had to negotiate in order to enter the premises of such a high-profile and wealthy target.

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