Latvian banks fined for breaching North Korea sanctionsStaff Writer | July 22, 2017
Two Latvian banks have been fined more than 2.8 million euros (£2.5 million) for allowing clients to violate sanctions imposed by the European Union and United Nations on North Korea, the country's banking watchdog said.
Banking Mainly serving non-resident clients
"The measures taken in this case (are) a lesson to all the banks in Latvia not to be used for suspicious deals," Peteris Putnins, head of the watchdog, said in the announcement.
The banks, which mainly serve non-resident clients, were fined after an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States.
The banks had allowed their clients to use offshore companies and a complicated chain of transactions to transfer payments to North Korea, thus bypassing international sanctions, between 2009 and 2015, according to the watchdog. ■