Court declines to put former central bank boss back into custody

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On Monday, February 7, Rīga District Court in Jūrmala declined the prosecutor's plea to place the former head of Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs back into custody, LETA reported.

Last week, prosecutor Viorika Jirgena had argued in court that Rimšēvičs had tried to influence witnesses in his ongoing case and that the security measures applied so far had not been observed by the defendant. Thus the prosecutor asked the Rīga District Court in Jūrmala to remand the former ECB council member in custody and transfer his bail security of 100,000 euros to the state budget.

Rimšēvičs, who maintains his innocence on all charges, denied he had communicated directly or indirectly with witnesses.

In February 2018, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) detained Rimšēvičs and businessman Māris Martinsons. The Prosecutor General's Office charged Rimšēvičs with soliciting bribes and money laundering and Martinsons is accused of aiding him. Both men say they are innocent.

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