Rimšēvičs denied access to state secrets

The Constitution Protection Bureau has annulled the security clearance for access to state secrets held by Bank of Latvia Governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, who is being investigated on suspicion of accepting or soliciting bribes.

Rimšēvičs' lawyer Saulvedis Vārpiņš told LETA that his client's security clearance had been annulled.

The Constitution Protection Bureau confirmed to LETA that they had completed the probe regarding further security clearance for Rimšēvičs but would not comment on their decision, saying that it was up to Rimšēvičs himself to give comments, if any.

As reported, the Latvian Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) has started a criminal proceeding against Bank of Latvia Governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, who is suspected of having solicited and accepted a bribe of at least €100,000. Rimšēvičs insists he is innocent and therefore will not step down as the head of the Latvian central bank.

For the duration of the investigation, Rimšēvičs has been banned from performing his responsibilities as the head of the Latvian central bank, from leaving Latvia and from contacts with certain individuals.

Rimšēvičs has lodged a complaint with the European Court of Justice over he restrictions that prevent him from performing the duties of a member of the Council of the European Central Bank (ECB). He claims the restrictions had been imposed on him unlawfully.