Rimšēvičs case is ready for trial

The criminal case concerning central bank governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs has been sent to court for trial, according to information published on the website of Latvia's Prosecutor General.

"Prosecutor of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Criminal Law Department of the Prosecutor General's Office, Viorika Jirgena, has presented a criminal case against two persons for bribery," a statement said.

In the criminal case, the Governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs is charged under part four of Section 320 of the Criminal Law both for soliciting and accepting a bribe, including a "paid leisure trip".

"He is also charged under the third part of Section 195 of the Criminal Law, namely the laundering of the proceeds of crime," the statement said.

As part of the same criminal case, businessman Maris Martinsons is accused of aiding and  abetting Rimšēvičs. He is also charged with laundering of the proceeds of crime.

The case was referred to the Riga City Vidzeme District Court.

It is now more than a year since the central bank chief was detained by KNAB anti-graft officers and extraordinary accusations began to fly between Rimšēvičs and representatives of Latvia's banks. He maintains his innocence and has refused to step down from his job.

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