The Governor of the Bank of Latvia (LB), Ilmars Rimsevics, is in possession of suspects in another criminal case against the Office of Prevention and Combat Corruption (KNAB), according to the information available in the LETA agency.
It is not publicly disclosed what penal articles are imposed on Rimšēvičs and whether this case could be related to events surrounding ABLV Bank. Latvian television said that Rimšēvičs was suspected in this process after two articles of the Criminal Law – about the demand for bribes and abuse of official status.
Rimshevich's lawyer, Juris Grīnvalds, refrained from commenting on the case. In addition, the other attorney, the former Attorney General of the Special Case Division Aldis Pundurs, did not comment, for example, if Rimšēvičs is accused of misinforming US authorities about "ABLV Bank." In the same way, Ernests Bernis, co-owner of ABLV Bank, which was liquidated, also did not comment.
The Latvian TV program de facto reported in March this year that the KNAB initiated a criminal case after the presentation of representatives of the ABLV Bank and the criminal proceedings could be related directly or indirectly to the Office of Financial Crises of the Finance Department of the United States (FinCEN) bribe civil servants. The management of ABLV Bank categorically denied bribes, but after the disclosure of the report, appealed to various law enforcement agencies, including the KNAB.
KNAB has not disclosed any criminal case initiated under the Criminal Law. Also, this week the KNAB LETA agency has not disclosed the articles that are being investigated about the Criminal Law and if there are suspects, but in the comment published in the email, the office states that "the people involved in the process have the right to a defense ".
"The KNAB records the criminal proceedings in relation to the facts mentioned in the presentation of the representatives of the ABLV Bank. Investigations in the criminal process are under way, so the CPCB does not provide more detailed information about the particular criminal procedure and the people involved in it. that the people involved in the process have the right to a defense and asserts that no one is guilty of guilty in committing a crime in the manner prescribed by law, "comments the KNAB.
Rimšēvičs and businessman Maris Martinsons are currently accused of other criminal cases, which are in the Attorney General and were previously investigated by the KNAB. The Attorney General Rimšēvičas was accused of accepting bribes this summer, while Martinson was charged with bribing bribes.
Visionario prosecutor Viorika Jirgena said the KNAB began the case after the presentation of two shareholders of AS "Trasta komercbanka" (TKB). Both the shareholders in the case appeared as bribes in the case, but were released from criminal liability because they voluntarily turned to law enforcement agencies with information about this event.
Mr Jirgens said one of the shareholders will appeal to Rimsevich in 2010 with the request for assistance in matters related to the Market and Capital Commission (FCMC), offering Rimšēvičs a recreational trip paid to Kamchatka. In 2012, this shareholder, along with another, will resort to Rimsevich, asking for help on other issues related to the FCMC. As a payment, Rimsevich requested 500,000 euros, which would be paid in two installments: one before and one after the FCMC's decision.
The prosecutor stressed that after the 2010 agreement, Rimsevics repeatedly advised the shareholder of TKB, thus trying to influence the decisions of the FCMC. These consultations were also provided after the 2012 agreement, but although Rimsevic managed to influence the FCMC to make decisions that were supposed to be favorable to the TKB, at the same time they also adopted unfavorable decisions. As one of the forms of assistance provided by Rimsevich, the prosecutor mentioned assistance in preparing the answers to the questions formulated by the FCMC regarding the liquidity and non-bank problems of the bank.
Jirgens also explained that Rimšēvičs could not complete his request, so only the first part was paid, or 250,000 euros. According to the prosecutor, Martinson played a role as an intermediary in this crime: he received 10% of the total amount of the bribe. The prosecutor added that bribery was made in cash.
In turn, the actions of the State Police (VP) are based on a criminal case against Grims Guseļņikov, the owner of the Norvik Bank, against Rimsevics. Guselnikov argued publicly that Rimsevich squeezed bribes from his credit institution for years.
Guseļņikov sent a letter to the VP last December regarding the alleged commitment of Latvian officials to extort bribes from him. Earlier this year, the police publicly announced that criminal proceedings began. Criminal proceedings were initiated on prisons and money laundering. In this criminal procedure, the facts mentioned in the largest shareholder application of Norvik Bank are examined.
VP spokeswoman Ilze Jurevica said that criminal proceedings will continue to investigate and verify the information provided. At the moment, no person has the proper state of a suspect in criminal cases, but in the interest of the investigation, the VP is not present in more general terms.