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KNAB has commenced criminal proceedings against a public official of the Central Bank of Latvia (Latvijas Banka)

19 / 02 / 2018

On 19 February 2018, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau of Latvia (KNAB) and the State Police of Latvia held a joint press conference regarding recent investigative activities of KNAB. The Director of KNAB Jēkabs Straume informed that on 15 February 2018 the authority commenced criminal proceedings against a top-level public official of the Central Bank of Latvia (Latvijas Banka). The investigation arises from the alleged solicitation and acceptance of a bribe by a public official who holds responsible position in violation of Paragraph 4 of the Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Latvia. The alleged amount of a bribe is not less than 100 000 EUR. The top-level public official was detained for 48 hours; one of the restraint measures taken thereafter prohibited the public official from undertaking official duties.