Internal Security Bureau official detained in Latvia

The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) on January 11 detained an Internal Security Bureau (IDB) official in a criminal procedure on January 11, the IDB confirmed January 14.

IDB spokeswoman Diana Petersa said that this is the first time an Internal Security Bureau official has been detained in a criminal procedure.

She said that IDB in line with its internal control measures, identified risk information about a possible connection between an official and a crime, though one unrelated with the bureau’s functions and the officials direct duties. In order to prevent doubts about an independent and objective internal investigation, the information was handed over to KNAB.

IBD has terminated the labor contract with the suspected official.

KNAB and IBD will reveal more information on the case only when it does not interfere with the ongoing investigation.

"IDB staff are regularly evaluated for internal security risks, and this is one of the effective preventive measures to mitigate or prevent identified risks in a timely manner," KNAB said in a brief statement.

The Internal Security Bureau is a relatively new body, starting its work in 2015 to detect, prevent and investigate offences, committed by officials and employees at institutions of the Ministry of the Interior, with the exception of the SAB external security service.

The Internal Security Bureau also investigates violent crimes committed by prison administration officials and municipal police.

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