The status of a special witness is granted to a person when there is some evidence of their involvement in a crime, but not enough to press charges.
“Yes, it was done today,” Ruslanas Golubovas, spokesman of the Special Investigation Service, told BNS, asked whether the ex-minister had been questioned as a special witness.
Barakauskas submitted his letter of resignation on Thursday, citing health issues.
The Prosecutor General‘s Office said last week it had launched a pre-trial investigation in cooperation with the Special Investigation Service into possible procurement-related corruption involving staff of the Ministry of the Interior and other people.
Searches were carried out at the offices and homes of the suspects as well as at the headquarters of the ruling Order and Justice party.
Former vice-minister of the interior Algimantas Juocevičius, former adviser to the minister Ervinas Raistenskis, well-known TV producer Rolandas Skaisgirys, public enterprise Pradas Media director Justinas Garliauskas and Peisachas Kacerginskis, head of company NTService, were initially detained for two days but later released on signed promises not to leave the country.