Rimsevics has had his access to state secrets revoked and is barred from carrying out his job. He cannot, however, be fired by the government because the central bank is politically independent.
Because Rimesvics is on the ECB's top policymaking board, his case has gained international significance. Worried about not being able to function properly with a board member missing, the ECB has asked the European Court of Justice to rule on whether Rimsevics should be allowed to continue in his job while not convicted of a crime.
The ECB declined to comment Thursday. Its president, Mario Draghi, said earlier this month that "the ECB isn't taking any side in this," but is trying to make sure it can function properly.
Prosecutors in Latvia, a tiny Baltic state that's a member of the European Union and NATO, also charged another individual, left unnamed, with supporting the bribe-taking. Latvian public TV said the individual was businessman Maris Martinsons, citing his lawyer, Didzis Vilemsons, as confirming that.
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