Prosecutor asks for former central bank boss to be taken back into custody

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On Thursday February 3, the prosecutor in the bribery case involving former governor of the Latvian central bank, Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, 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.

Prosecutor Viorika Jirgena 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.

The former president of the Bank of Latvia, who maintains his innocence on all charges, denied he had communicated directly or indirectly with witnesses.

"I am deeply disappointed with such a false statement by the prosecutor," Rimšēvičs said.

The court will announce its decision on the request filed by the prosecutor on February 7.

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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