The Riga Vidzeme District Court on April 21 ordered pro-Kremlin radical Aleksandrs Gaponenko be taken into custody as a security measure.
ABLV bank, the local Latvian bank which is currently liquidating itself in response to U.S. allegations of institutionalized money laundering, is making new international headlines as part of an ongoing investigation in Malta about corruption among senior officials.
About 40% of Latvians don't turn to the police after they've seen a violation or crime; and even more - 56% - don't report violence they've suffered, according to a survey by Latvia's State Police.
In another unusual day at the office for Riga's municipal police, officers were called to the scene April 14 after reports of a lewd and drunken donkey in the back of a delivery lorry.
The recent raid at the offices of Latvia's public road maintenance company, Latvijas autoceļu uzturētājs, was carried out as part of an investigation over abuse of power and organized fraud, Jēkabs Straume, the head of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau told LTV April 13.
The case against Bank of Latvia governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, who's being investigated for bribe-taking, is to reach the prosecutor's office in a matter of months, Latvia's anti-graft chief Jēkabs Straume told LTV April 13.
Vladimir Antonov, the former shareholder of two bankrupt Baltic banks - Latvijas Krajbanka (Latvian Savings Bank) and Lithuania's Snoras, was detained by Russian law-enforcement in St. Petersburg on April 11, the Russian TV channel RBK reported.
After reviewing a bribery case related to the public utility Latvenergo in appeal order, a court has sentenced three individuals to prison for bribery and bribe taking, reported LTV.
About 15% of young Latvian people aged 15 and above use marijuana, according to research by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.
On the wee hours of April 9, one Frenchman and two Irishmen were held in Riga by the Municipal Police for demolishing and then taking off with a road sign, the police told the press.
One person has admitted to being guilty in a case in which about €150,000 was defrauded from the Riga housing management company Rīgas Namu Pārvaldnieks (RNP) through fake job contracts, reported LTV's De facto.
The State Police suspect that Biruta Loze, a former prosecutor who used to work at the Prosecutor General’s Office department for the investigation of crimes of totalitarian regimes and who went missing last month, might have been murdered.
Anyone who has driven on Latvia's roads for more than 10 minutes cannot fail to notice that use of the cellphone while driving is commonplace. But now police say they have a new tool to crack down on chatterbox chauffeurs driving without due care and attention.
There is to be no presidential pardon for Ansis Ataols Bērziņš, recently extradited from the Czech Republic to Latvia, as a result of his conviction on charges of rioting in 2009.
The former head of Riga's central market begins his third criminal court case this week, with a picture unfolding of widespread corruption within one of Latvia's main commercial centers, reported LTV's De Facto investigative show March 25.
Latvia's central bank governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs said March 21 he was taking his country to court.
The case against Latvia's central bank governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs needs to be conducted and concluded in a matter of months, not years as with previous high-profile alleged corruption cases, Latvia's anti-corruption force director Jēkabs Straume told independent LNT television March 20.
A man was recently sentenced to 28 days behind bars after he likened black people to monkeys and said they spread disease, reported Latvian Radio.
In late February the State Police shut down two illegal streaming websites, detaining four people who ran them. The websites caused losses of more than €200,000 to copyright holders, the police told the press March 14.
Aigars Lūsis, a former parliamentary secretary at Justice Ministry, is accused of abetting embezzlement, reported LTV's De Facto March 11.
The Riga Municipal Police has turned into traffic police, and it should be changed, says the head of Riga's police force Juris Lūkass, according to LSM's Russian-language service.
Last year, 35 residents of Latvia were sentenced abroad for drug trafficking, the Foreign Ministry's State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovičs told Latvian Radio 4 on March 5.
A tender will be announced next week for the position of head of the Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity, the Prime Minister's PR secretary Andrejs Vaivars told the press March 2.
Intelligent cameras will be installed on roads close to Latvia's eastern border. Furthermore, border guard will be given both thermal cameras and personal cameras for use while they're protecting the border, reports Latvian Radio February 26.
The Prosecution Office for Investigation of Financial and Economic Crimes has charged Inga Kolegova, the head of the State Environmental Service, with providing false information in her asset declaration, reported LETA February 26.
An already bad week for Latvian central bank chief Ilmārs Rimšēvičs got even worse on the night of February 23 when, according to his lawyer Saulvedis Vārpiņš, his house was burgled.
The Latvian State Police has started a probe about possible money laundering schemes at ABLV Bank as suggested by a recent report of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Latvia recorded its lowest ever crime rate last year, Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers said at the annual meeting of the Prosecutor General’s Office.
At an extraordinary 75-minute press conference February 20, central bank governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs said he will not step down from the job he has held since 2001, despite calls from the President, Prime Minister, Finance Minister and others to do so in the wake of an investigation into his affairs by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB).