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    Review of Rimsevics' bribery case to continue at end-December

    RIGA, Nov 4 (LETA) - Review of a bribery case against the Bank of Latvia Governor Ilmars Rimsevics will continue on December 20.

    The court today turned down a request by Rimsevics' defense counsel that hearings continue behind closed doors.

    The judge on the case also said that it would be decided at the next hearing whether the European Court of Justice had to be consulted.

    The subsequent court hearings will be held on January 17 and 24, as well as on February 7, 14, 17 and 24, the court decided today.

    Rimsevics' attorney Martins Kveps believes that Rimsevics, as a member of the European Central Bank's Governing Council, is immune from criminal prosecution, which is why Kveps today asked the Riga District Court in Jurmala to turn to the European Court of Justice.

    Rimsevics, too, told the court that he would not use this immunity to escape prosecution, but that the immunity of a ECB Governing Council member was a "filter" against unfounded accusations.

    As reported, before the court meeting today Rimsevics repeatedly rejected accusations against him and said he hoped the case would be reviewed as quickly as possible.

    "I am very happy that the trial is finally beginning today. I believe it is very important that the trial be quick and fair. Needless to say that I, of course, reject all the allegations and accusations made against me," Rimsevics said before the court hearing.

    Review of the criminal case against Rimsevics and businessman Maris Martinsons commenced at the Riga District Court in Jurmala today. Judge Gundega Lapina presides over the case.

    Judge Inese Biteniece was originally appointed to review the case, but she resigned for personal reasons.

    Rimsevics has been charged with two counts of graft, as well as money laundering. Martinsons has been charged with aiding and abetting bribery and aiding and abetting graft, as well as money laundering.

    Earlier, the prosecutor office's press secretary Laura Majevska told LETA that Rimsevics was accused of taking and giving bribes, as well as, together with Martinsons, money laundering in the amount of EUR 250,000.

    The case was launched based on applications from two shareholders of Trasta Komercbanka who had asked Rimsevics’ to assist the bank in regulatory issues.

    • Published: 04.11.2019 18:03
    • Karlis Arajs, LETA
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