Court acquits four in digital TV corruption case
Rīga Regional Court on June 20 delivered its verdict in the so-called digital television case, overruling the earlier conviction of former National Theater director Ojars Rubenis but giving fines and real jail sentences to other defendants in the case, though in some cases with slightly reduced penalties.
Off-road vandals should be prosecuted, say officials
The Nature Protection Board, which is responsible for environmental protection in Latvia, will ask the State Police to initiate criminal proceedings against off-road drivers who are ruining valuable natural habitats.
Rush hour murder probably a contract killing, says minister
The murder of insolvency administrator and attorney Martins Bunkus in Riga May 30 most probably was a contract killing, but other theories cannot be ruled out, Latvian Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis (Unity) told the LETA newswire.
Officials probing Latvia link to Maltese murder and bribery case
Latvia's state institution dedicated to combating money laundering has been asked for information by Maltese authorities in connection with potential Latvian links to a case involving money-laundering and the notorious murder of an investigative journalist, according to Re:Baltica, the Baltic Center for Investigative journalism. 
Pro-Russia activist kept in custody
The court has decided to keep Vladimirs Lindermans, a pro-Russia activist arrested May 8 by Latvia's interior police force, reported Latvian Radio May 10. 
Incoming anti-money laundering chief demands independence
The likely new head of the Kontroles dienests (Control department, KD), which is responsible for combating money-laundering, is demanding the institution be made independent as a condition for accepting the job, Prime Minister Maris Kučinskis said May 10.  
Audit Office finds row of violations in fire depots
A report by the State Audit Office finds that about €2.8 million might have been saved in building fire depots of the country's State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD). The report also uncovers numerous violations across Latvia's fire depots, including one depot being used as a hunting club.
Security Police detain pro-Russia activist
On May 8 Latvia's internal security agency, the Security Police, detained pro-Kremlin activist Vladimirs Lindermans. The case may be tied to an event, organized by Tatjana Ždanoka's party, the Latvian Russian Union, protesting Latvia's move to school instruction only in the Latvian language, reported LTV.
Announcement postponed on Latvia's new anti-money laundering chief
Although the most suitable candidate has been selected from a long list of applicants to head Latvia's dedicated state anti-money laundering department (Control Service), the successful applicant has asked for more time to decide if he or she actually wants the job, Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers told reporters May 7.
Former insolvency administrator detained once more
The Latvian State Police has detained four individuals on suspicion of crimes committed during the insolvency proceedings, including former insolvency administrator Maris Spruds, who already is a defendant in another criminal proceeding, and Aigars Lusis, the former parliamentary secretary of the Justice Ministry and the former insolvency administrator, sources told LETA April 26. 
Alleged murderer of former prosecutor detained
The police have detained the possible murderer of Biruta Loze, a former prosecutor who used to work at the Prosecutor General’s Office department for the investigation of crimes of totalitarian regimes, reported Latvian Radio April 24.
ABLV name crops up in deadly Maltese corruption investigation
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.
Donkey dong done wrong
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.
Anti-graft authority probing public road maintenance company
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.