Three briefly detained in Latvian match-fixing probe

Three individuals have been temporarily detained in Latvia on suspicious of manipulating results of football matches, state police chief Ints Kuzis said at a news conference Wednesday.

The probe into suspected match-fixing, which Latvian law enforcement authorities launched three weeks ago, resulted in detaining three suspects, the police chief said without naming the suspects. He revealed, though, that all three are Latvian nationals.

The suspects have since been released from custody, but various restrictions other than arrest have been imposed on them pending the investigation.

Kuzis informed that the evidence obtained in the probe is sufficient to move ahead with prosecution but that the probe is still ongoing. The suspects, he said, were already known to the police for similar offenses.

The police chief did not specify the football competitions in which the match rigging is thought to have taken place but indicated that investigators are also looking into matches of the Latvian national championship.

Under Latvian laws, match-fixing in sports competitions is a criminal offense carrying a jail term of up to five years.