Finance Minster Andris Vilks (pictured) has requested an evaluation into whether Vaskevics should lose his finance ministry post.
RIGA - A Latvian court has ordered that Vladimirs Vaskevics to be held in custody as a security measure after prosecutors accussed him of numerous counts of bribery.
Prosecutor Arvis Miglans told members of the press earlier this week that Vaskevics was seen giving out numerous bribes to various officials after being put under surveilance earlier this year.
He was detained earlier this week handing over a 50,000 Lat bribe to the state revenue service, allegedly in exchange for the tax and customs board to ignore wrongdoing.
Latvian breaking news site "pietiek.com" reported on Feb. 3 that the SRS official involved was SRS National Customs Administration chief Talis Kravalis. Kravalis has reportedly sought witness protection in exchange for information surrounding his role in the bribery ring.
Finance Minster Andris Vilks has requested an evaluation into whether Vaskevics should lose his finance ministry post.
In 2007, while working as head of the SRS Customs Criminal Boar, Vaskevics was victim of an attempted assassination when he was severely wounded by a failed car bombing.