RIGA, Aug 8, LETA - Sources inform LETA that Corruption Prevention Bureau (CPB) agents yesterday detained the chief judge of Riga Zemgale District Court.
His name has not been mentioned but the "tiesas.lv" homepage lists him as Ziedonis Strazds.
CPB confirmed that this case involves two judges, suspected of abuse of position for monetary gain. They are accused of carrying out a scheme for many years - hiring fictitious employees for the court and then cashing in their salaries.
The judge had convinced numerous persons to enter into and sign a bogus job contract, and they in fact never worked for the court.
The other judge mentioned from a regional court, was party to the scheme, and apparently aided and abetted it.