RIGA, Latvia – The prime minister of Latvia says the country’s top central banker has been detained following questions from the national anti-corruption agency.
Maris Kucinskis issued a statement Sunday confirming that Ilmars Rimsevics, a policymaker of the European Central Bank, was detained.
On Saturday evening, Latvian state TV showed Rimsevics arriving by car to the anti-corruption agency and leaving hours later. The state TV reported that Rimsevics’ office and one of his properties had been raided.
The anti-corruption agency, the Bank of Latvia and the European Central Bank all declined to comment.
Kucinskis said “there are no signs of a threat to the Latvian financial system.” In a tweet, the Latvian presidency said there would be a meeting of the National Security Council next week to discuss the banking sector.