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Latvian central bank boss detained by anti-corruption force

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The head of Latvia’s central bank, Ilmars Rimsevics, has been detained by the country’s anti-corruption agency.

His home and offices at the Bank of Latvia were both raided by officers.

The country’s Corruption Prevention Bureau gave no details about its investigation, or the nature of the raids.

Latvia’s Prime Minister, Maris Kucinskis, has called an emergency cabinet meeting on Monday – but added there was no apparent national threat.

“There are no signs that there is any threat to the Latvian financial system,” he said in a statement.

He said neither he, as prime minister, nor any other officials had any reason to interfere with the anti-corruption agency’s work.

“The institution works professionally and accurately,” he said, pledging the government’s full support and saying there would be no outside influence.

The Bank of Latvia said it could not comment on the investigation, but said it had a “zero tolerance policy in respect of corruption and other illicit activities”.

It said the bank’s operations were unaffected by the investigation, and that it would open on Monday as usual.

A number of banks in Latvia have been subject to investigations in recent months.

In July 2017, two banks were fined for allowing their clients to circumvent international sanctions preventing payments to North Korea.

Another, Norvik Bank, is embroiled in a dispute with the state over what it calls “unfair, arbitrary, improperly motivated and unreasonable regulatory treatment”.

Precisely what that entails has not been disclosed.

It is unclear if either of the investigations are in any way linked to the detention of Mr Rimsevics.

In his capacity as the governor of Latvia’s central bank, Mr Rimsevic is also a member of the European Central Bank‘s governing council.

Latvia became the 18th member of the Eurozone on 1 January 2014.

Latvian central bank governor arrested by anti-corruption officers

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Anti-corruption authorities in Latvia arrested the governor of the country’s central bank, Ilmars Rimsevics, the government said on Sunday, but there is “no sign of danger” to the financial system.

Rimsevices, who was appointed governor in 2001, was detained by officers from the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) on Saturday and questioned for seven hours before being taken to another location on Sunday, according to a journalist from the Baltic News Agency (BNS).

Local media said anti-corruption officers also staged raids at the governor’s residence and at his offices at the Bank of Latvia.

Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis confirmed the arrest and said there is currently “no sign of danger for the Latvian financial system”.

“For now, neither me (as prime minister) nor any other official has any reason to interfere in the work of the KNAB. The office (KNAB) is working professionally,” Kucinskis told BNS, the Latvian news agency.

“When KNAB considers it possible to give additional information to the public, it will do so,” he added.

KNAB declined to comment.

As Latvia is part of the euro area, Rimsevices is also a member of main body of the European Central Bank (ECB), known as the Governing Council, composed of the 19 governors of the Eurozone.

The government is due to hold an emergency cabinet meeting on Monday.

Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis said on Twitter that he would meet the National Security Council to discuss the “situation in the banking sector”, without specifying a date.