Reuters correspondent Stephen Grey said in a Tweet that it is not true that the Maltese Police asked Latvian authorities for help after the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit reported that around $1.4 million were transferred from 17 Black to ABLV, a bank in Latvia.
#Malta cops told local media, after our story, investigation ongoing into mystery company #17Black. Today, General Prosecutors Office and Justice Ministry of #Latvia told our correspondent @Gederts no request for assistance received yet. #DaphneProject https://t.co/peVIjysitg
— Stephen Grey (@StephenGrey) December 18, 2018
The Police never made a formal request with the Latvian Authorities to get the necessary information regarding 17 Black. This despite the FIAU having the report in hand since March.
All this in mind, according to Grey, the Office of the Prosecutor General and the Minister for Justice in Latvia told Reuters correspondent in the country, Gederts Gelzis, that they haven’t received any request for assistance.