COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A spokesman for Latvia's central bank says the governor, who is also a member of the European Central Bank and is investigated for alleged bribery, has returned to work.
Silakalns said Thursday that Ilmars Rimsevics returned to his office on
Wednesday, a day after the EU Court of Justice said he cannot be kept
from performing his duties.
Latvian authorities had blocked him while they investigated him on
charges of taking bribes from a local bank in exchange for helping it
with the financial regulator.
After the EU court ruling, the
Latvian prosecution office said Rimsevics, who has denied wrongdoing,
still cannot leave the country without permission. That means he cannot
attend meetings at ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, where
interest rates are set for the 19-country eurozone.
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