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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUProsecutor of the Special Affairs Investigation Unit Viorika Jirgena has submitted to Riga City Vidzeme Suburb Court the criminal case in which governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs and businessman Māris Martinsons are accused of corruption.

Laura Majevska, press-secretary to the prosecutor’s office, reports that Rimšēvičs is accused of two crimes – accepting a bribe in the form of a paid vacation trip and another bribe in the form of money. He is also accused of money laundering.

Martinsons is accused of supporting bribery and money laundering.

The criminal case submitted to court details a process against some company for forced application of coercive measures.

BNN previously reported that on 24 May prosecutor Jirgena made a decision to amend and expand charges against Rimšēvičs and Martinsons, accusing both of laundering EUR 250 000 on top of the already incriminated crimes.

The Prosecutor General’s Office believes  Rimšēvičs had used the EUR 250 000 bribe to purchase real estate on behalf of some company in which he became co-owner in secret. A criminal process has also been launched against the company for forced application of coercive measures, because money laundering was performed in the interest of this legal person. The prosecutor does not reveal the name of the company, but public broadcaster TV3 programme Nekā personīga had previously reported that the expanded charges are associated with the business deal in which Martinsons’ officially owned company MM Investīcijas purchased property in Jurmala, Baznīcas Street 2.

Prosecutor Jirgena informed journalists in summer 2018 that Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) had initiated this case following a request from two shareholders of the liquidated Trasta komercbanka. Both shareholders are bribe givers in the criminal case. However, they have been relieved of criminal liability because they voluntarily reported information to law enforcement institutions with information.

Jirgena said one of the shareholders came to Rimšēvičs in 2010 with a request to assist with Finance and Capital Market Commission (FCMC), offering in exchange to pay for a trip to Kamchatka. In 2012, the same shareholder together with another one turned to Rimšēvičs again, asking to assist in other affairs with FCMC. Rimšēvičs requested EUR 500 000 as payment to be paid in two parts – one part before and the other after FCMC has made its decision.

The prosecutor stressed that after the 2010 agreement Rimšēvičs had provided consultations to Trasta komercbanka shareholder on multiple occasions, thereby attempting to influence FCMC decisions. Consultations were also provided after 2012 agreement.

One of the forms of assistance Rimšēvičs had provided included preparing answers to FCMC questions in relation to liquidity and non-resident affairs.

Jirgena also explained that Rimšēvičs failed to complete requests so he was paid only part of the money – EUR 250 000. According to the prosecutor, Martinsons was a mediator in this crime – he received 10% of the bribe amount. The prosecutor adds that bribery was performed using cash.

Until now Rimševics and Martinsons have publicly denied their guilt in incriminated crimes.


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