Finnish national broadcaster YLE and news daily Iltalehti report that the trial has started in Helsinki of a neo-Nazi from Latvia who is accused of plotting to detonate a bomb at New Year celebrations in 2018.
A petty theft court case from the early 1990s in which a 14-year-old boy is charged with stealing candy, including a Kinder Surprise chocolate egg, and electronics which are presumably now laughably obsolete, is still underway, according to Latvian Television’s “Panorāma” broadcast on January 14.
A demonstration a couple of dozen people strong gathered outside the Danish embassy in Rīga January 15 to ask the Danish authorities not to extradite Latvian citizen Kristīne Misāne to South Africa as part of a child custody battle.
Interior Minister Sandis Ģirģens (KPV LV) announced that after 40 years of service State Police Chief Ints Ķuzis will leave the force, according to LTV on January 15.
RIga Regional Court on January 13 rejected Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs' demand that judges reviewing his criminal case be replaced, the LETA newswire reported.
A Latvian mother is facing the propspect of extradition to South Africa from Denmark to face trial after fleeing with her children, prompting questions to be asked by LTV's De Facto investigative show about whether Latvia has done enough to represent its citizen in a complex international legal wrangle.
In 2019 Liepāja Regional Hospital treated 12 children and youths after they suffered ill effects from smoking marihuana, and the number has alarmed medics as it is twice the number treated in 2018, according to Latvian Television's daily news broadcast “Dienas ziņas” on January 8.
On January 7 at 12:30 police were called to an office in Rīga where two men had died, according to a post on the State Police Facebook page.
The trial of outgoing Latvian central bank governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs on corruption charges hit an early hitch for the defendant December 20 with the judge ruling that one of the lawyers on Rimšēvičs' defense team, Normunds Duļevskis, could not represent his client as he had previously provided legal assistance to one of the witnesses in the case, reported LTV.
Police demonstrated alarming incompetence after an online and telephone harasser showed up in person at the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re:Baltica editorial office with a funeral wreath and attempted to deliver the staff from evil with holy water, according to Re:Baltica editor Sanita Jemberga on December 16.
The Supreme Court (Senate) Department of Criminal Cases has left the Rīga Regional Court verdict unchanged, which sentences Daugavpils resident Artem Skripnik to five years in jail for taking part in the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine by training new soldiers, according to rhe LETA news agency on December 12.
On November 8 the State Revenue (VID) Tax and Customs Police Department began criminal proceedings against a criminal group for tax avoidance and money laundering, which created losses of more than 325 000 euros for the national budget, VID announced on December 13.
Following the news that Latvian businessman-politician Aivars Lembergs has been placed on a United States Department of the Treasury blacklist, freezing his assets and those of several entities linked to him, the U.S. Department of State has added to his woes by barring several members of his immediate family from entering the U.S,, too.
Colorful Latvian buinessman-cum-politician Aivars Lembergs responded to being placed on the United States sanctions list December 10.
Aivars Lembergs, long-time big cheese in the port city of Ventspils, was named as the target of United States sanctions December 9, on International Anti-Corruption Day.
Rīga City Council announced on November 28 that the Riga Central Market, which it controls, has terminated its tenancy agreement with the company Tirdzniecības nams Latgales priekšpilsēta (Latgale Suburb Trading House) after several searches were conducted on their premises related to the illicit trafficking of cigarettes. They have until January 13 to evacuate the territory.
LTV's investigative journalism program Forbidden Method (Aizliegtais Paņēmiens) has produced another notable scoop after conducting a six-month operation in which reporters infiltrated the Riga Central Market's illicit cigarette mafia, releasing the first of several episodes covering the 12,000-euro-per-month operation on November 25.
The Riga Central Market was searched on November 21 and several people were arrested, according to the State Police. LTV adds that the market’s Internal Security Department Director Maksims Danovskis was also searched. He was appointed to the board only a week earlier.
On Thursday, November 21 Saeima adopted amendments to the Criminal Law in the final reading, which would allow for more effective investigation of financial and economic crimes, according to information from the parliamentary Press Service.
It’s been six years since the Maxima supermarket roof collapse in Zolitūde in which 54 people lost their lives. However the ongoing criminal case resulting from that dreadful event continues to frustrate victims' families and loved ones, reported Latvian Radio November 21.
The Prosecutor's Office will prosecute foster parents who have physically and emotionally abused eight foster children over several years, including two underage girls whom the foster father sexually abused, according to LETA.
Latvia's tax authority, the State Revenue Service (VID) said November 13 it had launched criminal proceedings for large scale money laundering against an unnamed Russian citizen.
Latvia has more more homicides per head of population than anywhere else in the European Union, according to latest information published by Eurostat November 6.
The Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) has conducted procedural operations, including a sanctioned search of the Preiļi District Council offices, according to information reported by LTV on November 5.
The Latvian government on November 5 supported a Justice Ministry plan to establish a specialized economic affairs court that will start operating as of January 1, 2021.
The bribery case against the Bank of Latvia Governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs will continue on December 20, it was decided at an initial case hearing November 4, at which the court also turned down a request by Rimšēvičs' defense counsel that hearings should continue behind closed doors.
One of the highest-profile trials in Latvian history got under way November 4 with central bank governor and European Central Bank governing council member Ilmārs Rimšēvičs appearing in court in Jūrmala on charges of corruption and money-laundering, alongside businessman Maris Martinsons, reported LTV.
The former mayor of Latvia's second largest city, Daugavpils, has been detained by officers of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Burea (KNAB), Latvia's dedicated anti-graft force, LTV reported October 9. It named politician Rihards Eigims as the detainee.