Latvian member of European Central Bank detained in probe
LONDON (AP) — Latvia’s top banking official, a key member of the European Central Bank, was detained Sunday after being questioned for hours by anti-corruption authorities amid accusations of bribery and money laundering in the European nation’s financial system.
Latvian state TV showed Ilmars Rimsevics arriving at the offices of the country’s anti-corruption agency Saturday night and leaving early Sunday, following what the broadcaster said was a raid on his office and property.
Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis confirmed that Rimsevics, 52, was being detained, but didn’t provide details. Neither Rimsevics nor his lawyer could be immediately reached for comment.
During a news conference Sunday, Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola said Rimsevics “should resign from his post at least for the time of the investigation.”