Mr. Skele was not prosecuted and he professes his innocence, but there are more than a few people who remain suspicious of his dealings.
Now, in 2002, two individuals distribute leaflets that label Skele a thief.
What happens next? The prosecutor springs into action and is pressing "slander" charges against the distributors.
Each could face up to three years in prison, a downright barbaric punishment for what is in most countries a civil offense.
The outcome will serve as a demonstration of whether Latvia deserves to be regarded as a modern democracy.