Chief prosecutor informs EP committee about Paksas probe

Rolandas Paksas
DELFI / Karolina Pansevič

Elena Martinonienė, spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General’s Office, told BNS on Monday that the prosecutor had met with the MEPs on May 3.

“The chairman of the committee thanked (Pasilis) for accepting the invitation to attend the exchange of opinions,” she said.

The spokeswoman did not comment in detail about the meeting, which was held behind closed doors.

Lithuanian prosecutors asked the European Parliament to strip Paksas of his immunity in the spring of 2016. They suspect that Gedvydas Vainauskas, CEO of the media group Lietuvos Rytas, offered a 10,000-euro bribe to Paksas for pressuring construction inspectors to authorize the opening of a new Norfa retail store in Prienai, a town in southern Lithuania.

Both Paksas and Vainauskas have denied the suspicions against them, branding the case as politicized. Paksas resigned from the leadership of the Order and Justice party last October after the first round of voting in Lithuania’s general elections.

Paksas has been barred from running for national parliament since his impeachment, but he has been twice elected to the European Parliament.

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